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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

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As of May 17, Orchid shareholders had tendered and not withdrawn about 85 percent of the company's outstanding shares.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

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.