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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Today's Globe: ViaCell sale, supermarket beef, children's health care, detecting doping in sports

PerkinElmer Inc., a Waltham company that sells an array of life sciences instruments and services, unveiled plans late yesterday to buy ViaCell Inc. of Cambridge for $300 million to bolster its genetics-screening business for pregnant women and newborn children. Although ViaCell is probably best known for developing new drug therapies from stem cells, PerkinElmer said it was attracted by ViaCell's growing business to help families preserve newborn babies' umbilical cord blood for possible medical use.

Shaw's Supermarkets Inc. and Stop & Shop Supermarket Cos. said they have removed Topps Meat Co. beef from their shelves over the weekend, and state officials said there have been no reports of tainted hamburger following a nationwide recall of 21.7 million pounds of meat potentially contaminated by a dangerous strain of E. coli bacteria.

Eight states are suing the Bush administration over new rules that block expansion of a health insurance program for children from low-income families.

There's a better way to detect doping that relies on a more advanced detection system: the human body, Dr. Darshak Sanghavi, a pediatric cardiologist at UMass Medical School, writes on the op-ed page.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:56 AM
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