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IBM and IDBS Align for Chem-Bio Integration

IBM and IDBS announced a global strategic alliance last week focused around the development of an informatics platform to integrate chemical and biological data.

The companies will jointly market and sell IDBS software optimized for IBM systems. This includes the company’s ActivityBase software for integrating biological and chemical drug discovery data; DiscoveryChannel, a web-based data-mining application; and Discovery Warehouse for data consolidation. IDBS has optimized its software for IBM eServer pSeries systems running AIX, DB2, DiscoveryLink, and WebSphere.

 

Biotique Expands Internationally

Biotique Systems last week said that it has signed an exclusive marketing and distribution agreement for its complete product line with Tomy Digital Biology in Japan, and has also opened a new European office in Basel, Switzerland.

 

Gene Logic Closes TherImmune Acquisition

Gene Logic announced the completion of its acquisition of TherImmune Research on April 2.

Gene Logic paid approximately $30.9 million in cash and issued 3,978,615 shares of common stock, with a value of approximately $21.1 million.

 

BioWisdom Closes $3.9M in Financing

Cambridge, UK-based ontology software provider BioWisdom has completed a round of equity financing totaling £2.5 million ($3.9 million).

The investment was led by Merlin Biosciences and included MB Venture Capital Fund I. Several members of the company’s management team and founders also participated in the round. BioWisdom has raised a total of £4.6 million ($7.1 million) since it was incorporated in 2000.

Mark Docherty, investment director of Merlin Biosciences, has taken a seat on the company’s board.

 

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Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.