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.

A genome-wide association study highlights a potential role for hair follicles in acne risk, according to New Scientist.

Newsday reports that breast cancer genetic testing guidelines for are out of date and may miss individuals.

In Cell this week: gene editing-based strategy to screen for immune system regulators, ancient plague patterns, and more.

Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.