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Thermo Fisher Scientific this week announced that it will acquire Life Technologies for $13.6 billion in a deal that will bring together two of the largest providers of RNAi research products into a single entity.

While few details about the plaintiff in the case, PSN Illinois, were available, court filings indicate that the company has initiated numerous and varied patent-infringement suits in recent years.

According to Whitehead, Alnylam and Max Planck's request to block the case represents an "eleventh hour … rush into court to seek emergency relief from a situation of their own making," and should therefore be denied.

The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.