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After falling for three years in a row, mergers and acquisitions in the omics space rose sharply in 2015, driven by a few billion-dollar-plus deals.

The deal was completed on May 1, following the expiration of a tender offer in which Cellular Dynamics' shareholders tendered 90 percent of the company's common stock. 

The deal marries Cellular Dynamics' human cell line manufacturing with Fujifilm's recombinant peptide cell scaffolding offerings.

The California Institute of Technology of Pasadena has received US Patent No. 8,557,199, "Self-powered microfluidic devices, methods and systems." The claimed device consists of microfluidic channels and a pressure source for pumping reagents through the channels.

The UK's Medical Research Council has been awarded US Patent No. 8,435,775, "Mutant Pfu DNA polymerase."
Phillip Holliger, Nicola Ramsay, and Ann-Sofie Jemth are named as inventors.

The University of Washington has been awarded US Patent No. 8,420,325, "Thermostable polymerases having altered fidelity and methods of identifying and using same."
Lawrence Loeb, Leroy Hood, and Motoshi Suzuki are named as inventors.

Ehime University and Otsuka Pharmaceutical have been awarded US Patent No. 8,309,702, "Primers for detecting Plasmodium."
Takafumi Tsuboi and Eun-Taek Han are named as inventors.

Fluidigm of South San Francisco, Calif., has received US Patent No. 8,282,896, "Devices and methods for holding microfluidic devices." The patent claims a carrier for holding a microfluidic device.

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Researchers in the UK and Australia uncover genetic links between BMI and depression, the Guardian reports.

The Verge details the account of an academic who alleges her university retaliated against her after she complained of sexual harassment by her supervisor.

The New York Times writes that natural history museums are helping round out genetic studies with older specimens.

In PNAS this week: artemisinin resistance mutations in malaria parasites, ant-plant interactions over time, and more.