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Briefs – June 10, 2008

GINA Passes Both Houses
GINA panelists (L to R: Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ); Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY); Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.); Dr. Francis Collins (NHGRI/NIH); Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL); Rep. Anna Eschoo (D-Calif.)) discussed the genetic information nondiscrimination act’s importance in a press conference after it passed in both the House (414-1) and the Senate (95-0).

HP Acquisition
HP will acquire EDS for approximately $13.9 billion, or $25 per share. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of calendar year 2008 and to more than double HP’s services revenue. HP intends to establish a new business group, to be branded EDS—an HP company, which will be headquartered at EDS’s existing offices in Texas.

TB Grant
The Texas A&M Health Science Center Research Foundation received a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to study more effective treatments for tuberculosis. Caliper’s IVIS Spectrum imaging solution has been chosen to facilitate the research.

Noncoding RNA Activity
Invitrogen, using RNA samples from BioServe, identified noncoding RNAs that were differentially expressed in healthy and diseased tissues. miRNAs were found to be either up or down regulated in tumor versus healthy tissue. The findings were validated with quantitative PCR.

Supercomputing Agreement
Intel and Cray have joined forces to dramatically advance the state of supercomputing. The two companies signed a comprehensive multi-year agreement to advance high-performance computing using Intel processors, Cray server systems, and new technologies in the future.

Clone Validation
Sigma-Aldrich has joined phase two of the RNAi Consortium to validate clones from Sigma-Aldrich’s MISSION shRNA library. The validated clones will be available to Sigma-Aldrich customers. The Consortium, led by the Broad Institute, hopes to eventually include 300,000 pre-cloned lentiviral-based shRNA vector constructs targeting the human and mouse genomes.


This article appeared in Bio-IT World Magazine.

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