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In Brief This Week: Eppendorf; SDIX; EMD Millipore; Addgene, MJFF

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Eppendorf this week opened its new UK headquarters in the Arlington Business Park in Stevenage. The new Eppendorf House is 9,500 square feet, more than doubling its previous capacity, and will include a demonstration area for both Eppendorf and New Brunswick brand products.

SDIX said this week that it has sold its food safety and GMO businesses to Romer Labs for $13.5 million. Newark, Del.-based SDIX said that it will now concentrate on its life science business and its Advanced GAT technologies.

EMD Millipore announced this week that it is providing The Breast Cancer Research Foundation with a four-year, $500,000 grant to support breast cancer biomarker, drug development, and personalized medicine research programs. The funding will come in the form of two grants of $250,000 administered over a two year period. The grants build on an alliance between EMD Millipore, the Billerica, Mass.-based division of Merck KGaA, and BCRF.

Non-profit Addgene announced a collaboration with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research to assemble a collection of plasmid DNA samples for use in Parkinson's research. The resource will be curated and distributed by Addgene to life science researchers around the world.

In Brief This Week is a Friday column containing news items that our readers may have missed during the week.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.