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.

Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.