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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Japanese stem cell products company Reprocell said today that it has purchased 3D cell culture firm Reinnervate and US genomics services firm BioServe.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – DNA Genotek and BioServe Biotechnologies announced today their participation in a genomic study into craniofacial anomalies in Ethiopia.

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BioServe touts the repository as the "the largest resource of high-quality biosamples for the life science industry" and claims that researchers can access it to garner biosamples from "most any major diseases."

The firm has started the BioServe Network with partners including Fox Chase, Windber, UMass, and the Fairbanks Institute for Healthy Communities.

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

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Seegene's SeePrep and SeeCycler instruments; Bioo's ExoMir kit for fractionation and RNA extraction; BioServe PCR-based tests for detecting GMOs; Chemagen's Chemagic total RNA kit.

BioServe will supplement its clinical-grade biospecimens in its Global BioRepository with biosamples from the Windber Research Institute's Tissue Bank.

SpectraCell offering apoE genotyping; BioServe to provide genetic testing services for NGC Medical

The US genomics services firm will serve as the testing lab for NGC's nutrigenomics services.

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The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.

Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.

In PNAS this week: copy number changes arose during polar bear evolution, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the Siberian hamster, and more.