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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Avant Diagnostics and Amarantus Diagnostics this week signed a letter of intent to acquire clinical proteomics firm Theranostics Health as part of the two firms' planned merger.

The deal, which is expected to close by the end of March, brings together three companies that have to date struggled to ramp their molecular testing businesses in hopes that the combined outfit will be better positioned to succeed in the market, suggested Gerald Commissiong, president and CEO of Amarantus Bioscience, the parent firm of Amarantus Diagnostics.

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.

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