NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Italian pharmaceutical and diagnostics firm the Menarini Group has acquired Bologna-based Silicon Biosystems for an undisclosed sum, the firms announced today.

Silicon Biosystems has commercialized a microelectronic array-based platform, called DEPArray, that can isolate and manipulate cells, including rare cells such as stem cells and circulating tumor cells, in a suspension matrix.

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An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Veterans Affairs Health System is studying whether genetic testing can help prescribe better depression therapies.

Stat News reports that Spark Therapeutics' Luxturna is now being used to treat a wider array of patients.

In Genome Biology this week: transcription factor use among brittle stars, single-cell RNA sequencing strategy, and more.

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