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StoneCalibre, a Los Angeles-based private investment firm, announced this week that it has acquired Affymetrix's Anatrace business unit. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

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ArcticZymes, a Norwegian life science research tools firm specializing in cold-adapted and heat-labile enzymes for use in molecular biology and diagnostics, this week opened its first US office in the outskirts of Philadelphia.

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By Justin Petrone

Acknowledging the challenges the firm faces and admitting it has been "slow to respond to technology changes" in the market, Frank Witney said the firm still has some opportunities to restore growth — if it positions its products correctly.

To make up for the "lumpiness" of the market for genome-wide association studies, Affy will focus on applications that are downstream from GWAS, particularly in validation and routine testing, according to President and CEO Kevin King, who also shed some light on Affy's recent decision to sell its Clinical Services Laboratory to Navigenics.

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Affy transferred ownership of the 10,000-square-foot Clinical Services Lab to Navigenics earlier this year though an increasing number of drug makers outsource their molecular diagnostic research needs to CLIA labs.

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Reuters reports that UK researchers are using gene-editing tools to develop flu-resistant chickens.

Nature calls for genomics to become part of the World Health Organization's cholera surveillance approach.

Vox explores a proposal to institute a lottery system to award grant funds.

In Genome Biology this week: gut microbiome study of individuals from Tanzania and Botswana, sixth version of the Network of Cancer Genes database, and more.