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Broad Buys Ninth Colony Picking System from Genetix

The Broad Institute has chosen the Genetix QPix2XT colony picking system to help it standardize its genome sequencing operations, the company said last week.

The Institute now owns nine Genetix QPix2XT instruments and has installed them in its sequencing laboratory, the company said.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


GeneGo Gets $100K SBIR Grant from NIEHS to Analyze Networks from Toxicogenomics Data

GeneGo has received a Phase I SBIR grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to analyze cellular signaling networks activated in response to drugs and toxins, the St. Joseph, Mich.-based company said last week.

The company did not list the amount of the grant, but according to an NIH database, GeneGo received a $98,648 grant from NIEHS this month for a 6-month project, entitled "Networks From Toxicogenomics Gene Expression Data."

In the first phase of the project, GeneGo will re-analyze publicly available data using its MetaCore platform.


Sigma-Aldrich to Distribute Corning's Plastic Lab Products

Sigma-Aldrich and Corning Life Sciences announced a pact last week to offer a more streamlined distribution channel for Corning's customers.

According to the partners, US customers will be able to place orders through Sigma-Aldrich for virtually all of Corning's plastic lab products, as well as its Pyrex glassware line. The distribution system will use Corning's own product numbering system.


PerkinElmer, BD Declare Dividends

PerkinElmer's board last week agreed to issue a $.07 dividend to existing shareholders on Aug. 12. The dividend applies to all shareholders of all record at the close of business on July 22, the company said.

Meanwhile, Becton Dickinson's board declared a quarterly dividend of $.18 per share. The dividend will be paid on June 30 to shareholders of record on June 9.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.