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Both companies separately last week announced plans to expand the scope of their respective businesses in response to what they said is increased desire from customers to outsource their array production and array-based research projects.

Richard Rava, Joseph Blanchard, Alan Carter, Patrick Kelly

Industry Briefs: Feb 12, 2009

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Life Technologies, Agilent, Protein Discovery, Sigma-Aldrich, Intus, HealthLinx, Origene

While revenues fell short of analysts' expectations for the quarter, the legacy Invitrogen business reported 7 percent organic revenue growth. The Q4 revenue numbers also do not include mass spec sales, which are now accounted for as an equity investment. In addition, company officials predicted 2009 organic revenue growth in the low single-digits.

News Scan: Feb 6, 2009

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MDS, Cenix BioScience, Boehringer Ingelheim, Life Technologies, Molecular Devices

Funding from the National Institutes of Health for all proteomics-related research shrank by almost 3 percent in fiscal 2008, according to an analysis of NIH data by ProteoMonitor.

The Danish liquid-chromatography and bioinformatics firm plans to use the funding to help it break even and build out its sales and marketing efforts.

Charles Mullighan and Applied Biosystems researchers will use the ABI SOLiD 3 system to detect genetic changes related to acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Navigenics’ lower-priced program to incorporate genetic risk data in patients’ annual medical checkup raises questions as to whether personal genomics firms should be broadly marketing their services to physicians.

Details of the deal are sparse, but the partners said they hope their research will lead to the development of genetic tests that can gauge patients’ predisposition to rare diseases and help target individuals most likely to respond to drugs made by MondoBiotech.

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Politico reports that the NYPD DNA database has grown since it announced it would be removing profiles from it.

Forbes reports that a structural biology lab at Oxford University studying the coronavirus was hacked.

Science reports that a Dutch research funding agency is combating a ransomware attack.

In Science this week: set of 64 haplotype assemblies from 32 individuals, and more.