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In Brief This Week: PerkinElmer; Genedata, Riken Center for Genomic Medicine; Linguamatics; Dotmatics; Cyntellect

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – PerkinElmer has opened a new lab in Chennai, India, focused on expanding its fetal, maternal, and neonatal health-screening capabilities in that country. The firm also said that it has launched a collaboration with MediScan Systems, a referral diagnostic ultrasound center in South India with a focus on fetal medicine.

The Riken Center for Genomic Medicine will use Genedata's Expressionist software to support its biomarker development for cancer research, the Basel, Switzerland-based firm said this week. Riken is using the Refiner MS and Analyst modules that are part of Expressionist for high-throughput LC-MS-based proteomics data processing and analysis.

Linguamatics said this week that it has expanded its US-based operations with the opening of a new North American headquarters in Newton, Mass.

Dotmatics this week said that the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research has licensed the firm's suit of drug discovery informatics tools.

Cyntellect this week said that Purdue University has installed the firm's LEAP Cell Processing Workstation in its Flow Cytometry and Cell Separation Facility. The university used an NIH Share Instrument Grant to purchase the system, which is a microplate-based cytometry system used for in situ cell analysis and purification.

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.