Fermentas

US patents awarded to University of California, Hospital for Sick Children, Thermo Fisher, Fujifilm, Abbott, and Novartis.

The deal is expected to bolster Thermo's capabilities in PCR and quantitative real-time PCR.

The acquisition will add reagents for nucleic acid and protein purification, restriction and modifying enzymes, and other life science research and diagnostic tools to Thermo's Analytical Technologies portfolio.

When considering Thermo's planned acquisition of molecular biology tool shop Fermentas, its acquisition earlier this year of Finnish PCR firm Finnzymes, and recent product launches, it appears as if the company plans to make a run at disease diagnostics, food testing, and other PCR-based testing markets.

Thomas Weisel Partners called Thermo Fisher's planned $260 million acquisition of Fermentas a "synergistic tuck-in deal" that "bolsters Thermo's capabilities in the high-growth PCR market."

Based in Ontario with principal operations in Lithuania, Fermentas offers reagents for nucleic acid and protein purification, restriction and modifying enzymes, and various PCR products.

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Kite Pharmaceuticals' CAR T-cell therapy for large B-cell lymphomas, the New York Times reports.

Kaiser Health News reports that gene therapies could cost more than a million dollars.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute researchers have received a grant to combine biology and computer science for high school students.

In Nature this week: variants associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder, review of key CRISPR enzymes, and more.