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.

PGx & molecular Dx

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.

BioRegion Real Estate


Shire Owings Mills (Md.) Plant, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Takeda Pharmaceutical, Wareham Development, PATH, Fall River (Mass.) Executive Park, University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth Bioprocessing Facility, Silicon Border, Sapphire Engineering, Campanelli Business Park, University of California-Davis M.I.N.D., Institute, Doe & Ingalls of North Carolina, Covaris, Life Technologies, BioMed Realty Trust, Shasun Pharma Solutions

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.

Around the Regions


California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Private Placement, Huntsville (Ala.)/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Hessen Biomanufacturing

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.

Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

Representative Lamar Smith's criticism of the National Science Foundation has "changed the nature of the conversation," according to ScienceInsider.

In PLOS this week: non-coding RNA function in yeast, transcriptomic profiles of malaria parasites, and more.