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The firms have yet to receive US regualtory approval for their merger.

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 Canadian proteomics company bought the unit to strengthen its position in the biomarker services market.

The sales of certain gas chromatography product lines will satisfy the conditions for clearance of the acquisition in the EU.

The agreement to issue additional shares settles claims brought against Sequenom for alleged breach of representations and warranties made by Sequenom in its asset purchase agreement.

The EU extended its deadline to make a decision on the merger to Jan. 20.

Applied Genomics is gearing up to launch a lung cancer diagnostic panel intended to help physicians make treatment decisions.

The $102 million dollar deal would enhance Danaher's imaging and analysis capabilities.

The acquisition "offers Abbott entry into new market segments, such as forensics, microbiology, and public health, which are new and complementary to Abbott’s existing diagnostics businesses," an Abbott official said.

The companies touted the financial benefits of the transaction, but it appears that the establishment of a broad drug-delivery portfolio attractive to prospective big pharma partners was the primary driver of the deal.

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.