ArtusLabs

PE's most recent catch, the latest in a string of recent informatics purchases, markets the Nexxis electronic laboratory notebook; Nexxis iLAB, a laboratory automation platform; and LimsLink, a lab integration software platform.

"We see informatics as a real opportunity," PerkinElmer CEO Robert Friel said during a conference call to discuss the company's Q1 results. Now the company is mulling how to integrate the three new software firms it acquired over the past two months.

PerkinElmer has completed its acquisition of ArtusLabs and has agreed to purchase CambridgeSoft. The combined purchase price for the two software firms totals $220 million.

The two deals for $220 million in aggregate will expand PerkinElmer's informatics and software offerings and enable customers to access and share enterprise-wide data "for faster, more informed scientific decisions."

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The partnership will use ArtusLabs' web-based platform Ensemble for Life Science as the data-management platform.

In a commentary at eLife, Brandeis University's Eve Marder calls on researchers to value and pursue truth.

Researchers have developed a way to quickly edit white blood cells, according to the New York Times.

In Science this week: rice gene enables plants to grow quickly in times of flooding, and more.

Scientific American reports that environmental DNA sampling can detect invasive brown marmorated stinkbugs before they've fully invaded a farm.