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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.

Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.