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StemCells said the restructuring will support the growth of the stem cell culture and cell-based assay platforms it inherited as part of its estimated $4.8 million acquisition of SCS in April.

The $4.4 million acquisition provides StemCells with cell-based drug discovery technologies.

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SCS' shareholders voted in favor of the nearly $5 million deal.

StemCells plans to invest in Stem Cell Sciences' operational facilities in Cambridge, UK, in order to provide cell-based assay services to the drug discovery industry there, according to SCS' CEO.

StemCells, which is focused on developing tissue-derived cellular products for therapeutic uses, gains cell-based drug discovery technologies through the $4.8 million deal.

In PLOS this week: genetic study of breast cancer in Egyptian families, mutations linked to cleft lip and palate, and more.

Council Bluffs, Iowa, schools are encouraging more girls to pursue STEM courses, according to the Associated Press.

Because of new open-access requirements, Gates Foundation-funded researchers can't publish in some top journals, Nature News reports.

In Science this week: deletion of one microRNA allows pluripotent stem cells to form embryonic and non-embryonic lineages, and more.