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The Federal Trade Commission has authorized staff to use legal action to block the deal pending an administrative trial, set for August 2020.

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

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As of May 17, Orchid shareholders had tendered and not withdrawn about 85 percent of the company's outstanding shares.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

The Washington Post reports that Herbert Tabor, who worked at the US National Institutes of Health for 77 years, has died at 101.

The World Bank is seeking approval for a $12 billion plan to provide low-income nations with funds to procure SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, according to Reuters.

Science writes that public health officials and others are debating whether cycle threshold values should be included on SARS-CoV-2 results.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: online database of SARS-CoV-2 protein structures, atlas of the human brain, and more.