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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.

The Spanish research products firm has agreed with Kilpest to establish an India-based joint venture to supply the South Asian health and agriculture research communities.

The CEO of Swift, which launched in January and develops molecular biology reagents, said the money will help accelerate product development and customer testing.

Meridian has acquired the reagents maker, adding complementary products to its life science business. The firm also reported an 11 percent decline in Q3 revenues.

The acquisition will add reagents for nucleic acid and protein purification, restriction and modifying enzymes, and other life science research and diagnostic tools to Thermo's Analytical Technologies portfolio.

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