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By a GenomeWeb staff reporter NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Affymetrix today announced a definitive agreement to buy eBioscience, a flow cytometry and immunoassay reagent firm, for $330 million in cash.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Indian biotech firm Sisco Research Laboratories announced today the purchase of Madras Biotech for an undisclosed amount.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Dyadic today announced it has raised $3 million through a private placement of convertible subordinated secured promissory notes to five undisclosed investors.

By integrating the STR reagents into the RapidHit System, human DNA profiles can be generated that are compatible with local, national, and international database systems, the companies said.

The clearance of the gene expression reagents makes Affymetrix the first firm to provide a "comprehensive microarray-based clinical toolkit for diagnostic test development, signature discovery for companion diagnostics, and translational initiatives," it said.

The firm inked deals with distributors in the Netherlands and India.

OptiGene will develop, manufacture, and sell nucleic acid amplification reagents for research use, and VLA will develop, manufacture, and provide testing for nucleic acid diagnostics for veterinary purposes and environmental monitoring.

Amresco manufactures and supplies biochemicals and reagents for use in research in the molecular biology, life sciences, proteomics, clinical, and histology markets.

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NPR reports that many USDA researchers working at the two agencies that are relocating to the Kansas City area are declining to go.

Genetic genealogy has helped exonerate a man who has been jailed for 20 years, Agence France Presse reports.

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In Nature this week: new RNA editing approach called LEAPER, draft assembly of Musa balbisiana banana genome, and more.