With their impending merger two weeks away, Thermo Electron and Fisher Scientific this week reported strong third-quarter revenue growth, though Thermo’s profits slid 15 percent while Fisher’s surged 62 percent.
 
For the quarter ended Sept. 30, Thermo said revenues grew 7 percent to $725 million, compared to $679 million a year ago. Net income dropped 15.4 percent to $49 million from $58 million a year ago, which included a $17 million gain on disposal of discontinued operations.
 

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An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.

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