Just one week after PerkinElmer made clear its intention to boost its cellular analysis reagent play, the company made its first major move last week by announcing a co-marketing agreement with Invitrogen in the area of ion channel screening.

Specifically, Invitrogen's Voltage Sensor Probes brand of ion channel reagents will be combined with PerkinElmer's CellLux fluorescence cellular screening platform, in order to offer the companies' customers a more complete platform for ion channel screening applications.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.