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Submission + - Seagate to Buy External Drive Maker LaCie (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: Hard drive maker Seagate today announced an exclusive agreement to acquire a controlling interest in external drive maker LaCie. The all-cash transaction would be worth about $186 million, or $5.17 a share. LaCie Chairman and CEO Philippe Spruch is expected to join Seagate to run its consumer storage products organization. Seagate Chairman Steve Luczo said LaCie's products would compliment Seagate's own drive products and allow it to expand its line by adding a "premium-branded" direct-attached storage (DAS) line. The move will also help Seagate develop better software.
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Submission + - Scientists Turn Skin Cells Into Beating Heart Muscle (ibtimes.com)

redletterdave writes: "Scientists have for the first time succeeded in taking skin cells from patients with heart failure and transforming them into healthy, beating heart tissue that could one day be used to treat the condition. The researchers based in Haifa, Israel, had their study published in the European Heart Journal on Wednesday, and said clinical trials of the technique could begin within 10 years. But even with more testing to go, the results meant they might eventually be able to reprogram patients' cells to repair their own damaged hearts."

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