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September-October News Briefs

September 27, 2011 | News Briefs

GWAS Reveals Genetics-Metabolism Links 

A genome wide association study by researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen Institute in Munich, Germany, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, King’s College London and Metabolon and published in Nature in September establishes a strong association between biochemical levels and the genetics of an individual.

NHGRI Gives EMR Grants

Grants worth $25 million over the next four years from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will support the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) network’s efforts to demonstrate that genomic information in EMRs can improve care.

Korean SNPs 

The Korean Personal Genome Project has released 20 full Korean genomes, the KPGP-20. The genomes revealed 60,000 SNPs that seem unique to Koreans—including mutations related to proteins connected with chili peppers.  

PerkinElmer Buys Caliper 

PerkinElmer has agreed to acquire Caliper Life Sciences for $10.50 per share—a premium of 42 percent—for a net purchase price of about $600 million. It is PerkinElmer’s seventh acquisition since January 2011.  

Sequencing Deal 

Complete Genomics and the Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) agreed to sequence the genomes of hundreds of pre-term babies in a project ITMI’s CEO believes will shed light on the genetic basis for premature birth.

Service Agreement

Argenta, a service divisions of Galapagos NV, has extended its drug discovery agreement with Genentech, with a total potential value of $34.3 million.


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