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The approximately $17 million acquisition, announced last week, will have "no impact" on Clinical Data's focus as a pharmacogenomics company, according to CEO Drew Fromkin.

Up until now, Agencourt's main focus has been on DNA sequencing and sample prep. Cogenics, which has facilities in four countries, also provides genotyping, gene-expression analysis, biological efficacy and safety testing, and a biobanking facility.

BioArray Briefs: 2009.04.07

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

Cogenics' services will complement those already offered by Beckman Coulter's Agencourt Biosciences business.

Short Reads: Mar 31, 2009

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Helicos, Agencourt, Illumina, RainDance Technologies, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, VWR International, ZyGem, University of Queensland, University of Michigan, Genomatix

Beckman said the closing payment for the deal would fixed at $780 million. It also said that it would eliminate Olympus' immunoassay product line and related R&D efforts after the closing of the deal.

The $800 million acquisition will strengthen Beckman Coulter's presence in the clinical chemistry market. The firm does not anticipate a change in its current investment grade ratings due to the new debt.

IP Roundup: Feb 24, 2009

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Included is a paper on the use of a mass spectrometry-based strategy for the absolute quantification of protein complex components, one using SISCAPA technology, and one showing that top-down proteomics can be done using CID on a q-TOF instrument.

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The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.