BioSeek

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – DiscoveRx today said that it has acquired BioSeek, maker of the BioMAP platform of cell-based disease models for drug screening.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – BioSeek today said that the US Environmental Protection Agency has extended the firm's contract to participate in the ToxCast screening program.

A research team led by scientists at proteomics firm Cellzome has developed a selective inhibitor to the PI3 kinase isoform PI3Kγ.

Cellzome will use the BioMap platform in its inflammatory disease drug discovery projects.

BioSeek will apply its BioMap predictive human disease models to screen Amylin's library.

The Japanese pharmaceutical developer has licensed the BioMap platform for drug toxicology research projects.

BioSeek will use its BioMap system to conduct screening for Ono Pharmaceuticals in its compound studies.

The acquisition will combine Asterand's tissue-based services for drug discovery with BioSeek's BioMap platform and human cell-based assays.

The firm will profile compounds for the second phase of the EPA initiative.

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The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

Researchers report that deleting one gene from butterflies affects their wing coloration patterns, according to the Washington Post.

In PNAS this week: genome sequencing of weevil symbionts, retinoid X receptor deletion in lung cancer metastasis, and more.

Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.