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PerkinElmer has acquired two separate companies: SYM-BIO Lifescience in China for $63.7 million in cash; and Surendra Genetic Labs in India for an undisclosed amount. The acquisitions are expected to help PerkinElmer expand its diagnostics and genetic screening businesses.

The EU has granted €11.3 million to support an international genomics research project to identify the genetic and environmental causes of asthma. The studies will be coordinated by Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine at Imperial College, London in a research program called GABRIEL.

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In Nucleic Acids Research this week: ProTraits includes genetic, phenotypic data on bacteria, archaea; Candida albicans assembly 22; and more.

The Wall Street Journal reports that researchers are looking beyond Cas9 for CRISPR editing.

Familial DNA searches in criminal cases are winning over some critics, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In PNAS this week: miR-515 levels higher in women with preeclampsia, horizontal gene transfer in parasitic plants, and more.