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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – UK molecular diagnostics firm Biofortuna today announced a £1.3 million investment ($2.0 million), which will go toward the expansion of its custom service and manufacturing business.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sigma-Aldrich today said it is partnering with the Scripps Research Institute to develop and commercialize new reagents.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Promega announced today MyBio will be its distributor in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies today said that it has acquired Korean reagents distributor KDR Biotech for an undisclosed amount.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Following its first distribution deal for Asia, Link Technologies today announced another deal covering that region, this time with Japanese firm GeneDesign

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Biosearch Technologies said today that it has acquired the oligonucleotide manufacturing division of DNA Technology for an undisclosed amount.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Spectrum Chemicals & Laboratory Products today announced a distribution deal for BioWorld's reagents.
Based in Dublin, Ohio, BioWorld manufactures products for gene expression, protein expression, and cell expression, as well as laboratory equipment.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Link Technologies today announced that it has signed on Zirench Technology to be its distributor in China.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies reported after the close of the market on Thursday that a jury has found it guilty of infringing Enzo Biochem's patents and awarded Enzo $48.6 million.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – RainDance Technologies and Integrated DNA Technologies today said they will collaborate to develop consumables for use on the RainDrop Digital PCR System.
Financial and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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The Guardian reports that visa costs could prevent scientists and others from coming to the UK.

The Trump Administration is reconsidering its plan to issue an executive order to require federally funded research to be freely available upon publication, Times Higher Education reports.

Nature News says some preprint repositories may close down due to a lack of funds to cover costs.

In Nature this week: framework for analyzing cancer mutational signatures, treatment resistance in small cell lung cancer followed by increased intratumoral heterogeneity, and more.