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Hologic Buy of Gen-Probe Clears German Regulatory Review

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – German regulators have cleared Hologic's $3.7 billion purchase of Gen-Probe, the two companies said today.

The deal, under which Hologic will pay $82.75 for each share of Gen-Probe stock, cleared US antitrust review last month and with clearance from Germany's Federal Cartel Office, required antitrust clearances have been received, the companies said.

The purchase is expected to be completed on or about Aug. 1. Gen-Probe is holding a special shareholders meeting on July 1 at its San Diego headquarter to vote on the deal.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.