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The purchase of Resource Technology Corporation, which provides analytical standards and certified reference materials follows Sigma-Aldrich's acquisition of Cerilliant last month.

AlphaHelix is paying Labkompaniet, Techtum's owner, about $1 million as part of the all-stock deal.

Novartis will add the personalized diagnostics lab services to its molecular diagnostics unit.

Thermo said it is in the process of "seeking similar clearances under antitrust laws of other jurisdictions," and expects to complete the acquisition later in the quarter.

The deal strengthens Sigma-Aldrich's analytical chemistry product portfolio and brings to it more than 2,800 products that support the clinical diagnostics, environmental, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, forensic, and clinical toxicology markets.

An article about an acquisition topped the list of the most-read stories for the year on GenomeWeb Daily News, while restructurings, lawsuits, and one firm's IPO plans made it into the top 10.

Transgenomic, which also raised $6 million in private funding to help pay for the acquisition, gains Clinical Data's Familion line of genetic tests for inherited heart diseases and biomarkers underlying the PGxPredict tests that predict drug response.

The acquisition provides BIT with a manufacturer of OEM diagnostics equipment.

Industry experts said that further consolidation in the field and a continued strategy by companies to diversify their end markets should translate to more deals in the year ahead.

Thermo has purchased the lab products firm, expanding its reach in Australia and New Zealand.


Nobel laureates and scientific societies urge NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services to revisit the recent decision to end funding for a coronavirus grant.

A new Pew Research Center poll finds confidence in medical researchers has grown among US adults since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bloomberg reports that BGI's SARS-CoV-2 testing sites in the Middle East have raised concerns among US officials.

In Science this week: machine learning algorithm for faster Mendelian disorder diagnoses, gene linked to safe response to nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates, and more.