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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific first contacted Life Technologies about a possible merger more than a year-and-a-half ago with a proposed deal at $58 per share, Life Technologies said in a proxy statement filed on Tuesday.

EMD Millipore this week introduced its PureEpi Chromatin Preparation and Optimization Kit.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sigma-Aldrich today reported that its first-quarter 2013 revenues increased 2 percent year over year led by sales gains for its SAFC business.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Investment bank Goldman Sachs today upgraded shares of Quest Diagnostics and Laboratory Corporation of America, but downgraded Sigma-Aldrich.

EMD Millipore this week introduced a new technology platform to detect RNA expression in live cells.

Ibis Biosciences (Abbott) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,407,010, "Methods for rapid forensic analysis of mitochondrial DNA."
Steven Hofstadler, Thomas Hall, David Ecker, Lawrence Blyn, Mark Eshoo, Vivek Samant, and Neill White are named as inventors.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – EMD Millipore said today that its Discovery and Development Solutions business has received CLIA certification for its contract research lab located in St. Louis.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sigma-Aldrich today said that its BioReliance business has signed an agreement to acquire colonies and cell lines for toxicology testing from Agilent Technologies.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Theradiag said today that it has received the CE Mark for two new biotherapy monitoring kits: tocilizumab and rituximab.

Sigma Life Sciences has introduced Mission synthetic and lentiviral microRNA inhibitors for the long-term suppression of any endogenous human and mouse miRNA.

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The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.