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Sigma-Aldrich, Sangamo, GE Healthcare

Sigma-Aldrich and Sangamo Ink Reagent Development Deal 
Sigma-Aldrich and Sangamo BioSciences this week announced an alliance to develop reagents based on Sangamo's zinc finger DNA-binding protein technology.
The companies said that the alliance combines Sigma's global marketing capabilities with Sangamo's expertise in the field of ZFPs.
Scientists at Sigma-Aldrich and Sangamo will use ZFP nucleases like precision "surgical instruments" to modify genes in cells and to develop and market ZFP products for broad use in reagent applications.
Among the anticipated applications are cell lines with enhanced protein production performance, panels of knock-out cell lines for drug discovery, and novel stem cell and transgenic animal models.

GE Healthcare Q2 Revenue, Profit Fall
General Electric this week said that second-quarter revenue for its Healthcare division slipped slightly as income declined 8 percent. GE Healthcare’s revenue for the three months ended June 30 dipped to $4.13 billion from $4.16 billion year over year.
GE Healthcare’s net earnings for the quarter dipped to $731 million from $795 million in the second quarter of 2006. GE did not break out its research and development expenses for the Healthcare segment.
GE's total revenues for the quarter were $42.3 billion, up from $37.7 billion during the same period last year.

The Scan

ChatGPT Does As Well As Humans Answering Genetics Questions, Study Finds

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics had ChatGPT answer genetics-related questions, finding it was about 68 percent accurate, but sometimes gave different answers to the same question.

Sequencing Analysis Examines Gene Regulatory Networks of Honeybee Soldier, Forager Brains

Researchers in Nature Ecology & Evolution find gene regulatory network differences between soldiers and foragers, suggesting bees can take on either role.

Analysis of Ashkenazi Jewish Cohort Uncovers New Genetic Loci Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

The study in Alzheimer's & Dementia highlighted known genes, but also novel ones with biological ties to Alzheimer's disease.

Tara Pacific Expedition Project Team Finds High Diversity Within Coral Reef Microbiome

In papers appearing in Nature Communications and elsewhere, the team reports on findings from the two-year excursion examining coral reefs.