By Uduak Grace Thomas

A little over a month after acquiring CambridgeSoft and ArtusLabs, PerkinElmer this week acquired privately held bioinformatics firm Geospiza to add cloud computing and sequence analysis capabilities to its informatics offerings.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

"We see informatics as a real opportunity," PerkinElmer CEO Robert Friel said during the company's first-quarter conference call.

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A research duo estimates in PLOS One the number of papers that have used misidentified cell lines.

UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approves GlaxoSmithKline's SCID gene therapy despite cost.

Science reports that Brazilian researchers are petitioning for the reversal of budget cuts.

In PLOS this week: gene flow patterns in common ash, guidelines for using morpholinos in zebrafish, and more.