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The firm has secured rights to use CRISPR in cell lines for biomanufacturing and will work with Solentim to increase editing throughput while decreasing costs.

Millipore claims that its test, which incorporates transcription-mediated amplification technology developed by Gen-Probe offshoot Roka Bioscience, provides a few advantages over PCR-based Mycoplasma testing.

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The approximately $17 million acquisition, announced last week, will have "no impact" on Clinical Data's focus as a pharmacogenomics company, according to CEO Drew Fromkin.

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Cogenics' services will complement those already offered by Beckman Coulter's Agencourt Biosciences business.

The decision, part of the state's 2010 budget, will allow life-sci shops in FY2011 to determine the percentage of corporate income taxes they owe the state based solely on sales, rather than combining sales with payroll and owned property.

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The public-private BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota said the state should develop clusters in animal health, food, biofuel/renewable energy, and renewable materials capable of competing with other states.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has approved spending a combined $2.5 million of the $1 billion, 10-year Life Sciences Act to subsidize life-sci companies that hire paid college-level interns, and to fund younger researchers.

The Trump Administration has proposed a plan to reorganize the federal government, the Washington Post reports.

Lawmakers have asked four direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies to explain their privacy policies and security measures, according to Stat News.

In Science this week: genetic overlap among many psychiatric disorders, and more.

The Economist writes that an increasing number of scientific journals don't do peer review.