German drug-discovery instrument manufacturer CyBio this week acquired a majority stake in lab-automation specialist Accelab in an attempt to strengthen its position in the high-throughput screening market and bolster its US sales figures.

The investment is the latest in a series of moves by CyBio to cultivate a more powerful HTS market presence, the most notable of which is a pending OEM deal for Corning's soon-to-be-launched Epic label-free biological detection system (see sidebar).

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CNBC reports that Amazon invested in the startup Grail as it sees an opportunity for its cloud computing company in genomics.

Lawrence Krauss writes at Slate that science is needed for good public policy and should not be ignored.

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