FTC review

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific announced after the close of the market on Wednesday a public offering of $2.2 billion of its common stock.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Federal Trade Commission has made a second request to Complete Genomics and BGI-Shenzhen requesting additional information about BGI's proposed $117.6 million purchase of

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Laboratory Corporation of America today said it has extended its cash tender offer to purchase Orchid Cellmark to 5 p.m. EDT Oct. 7.

LabCorp extended the offer for 30 days while the FTC continues its review of the $85.4 million acquisition.

As of May 17, Orchid shareholders had tendered and not withdrawn about 85 percent of the company's outstanding shares.

The FTC provided provisional approval of Danaher's purchase of MDS Analytical Technologies. However, it is requiring MDS to sell its laser microdissection business to Life Technologies to alleviate the agency's competition concerns.

 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

UCSF researchers find that having two X chromosomes may contribute to women's longer lifespans, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's use of genetic approaches to study foodborne illnesses.

In PNAS this week: immune cell profiling of wild baboons by social status, metabolomics profiling of esophageal tumors, and more.