By Bernadette Toner

This story has been updated from a version posted May 26 to include recent disclosures about the competing bid and to update share price information.

The proposed merger between Accelrys and Symyx Technologies may have hit a snag this week as Symyx disclosed that it will "engage in discussions" with an undisclosed firm that has made a competing offer.

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In PNAS this week: spatiotemporal study of lncRNA expression, role of extrachromosomal, circular DNAs in yeast, and more.

A European team has launched a four-year study to develop a test to gauge cervical, ovarian, uterine, or aggressive breast cancer risk in women.

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