FTC clearance

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Federal Trade Commission today said that Thermo Fisher Scientific has agreed to sell certain assets to GE Healthcare as a condition of getting clearance for its acquisition of Life Technologies.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – PerkinElmer today said that its planned acquisition of Caliper Life Sciences has cleared anti-trust reviews in the US and Germany.

The firms have said they expect to complete the transaction in the first half of this year.

Clearance from the FTC removes one hurdle for the $925 million deal, which is expected to close on or about Dec. 1.

An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.