With an eye on its future in the molecular diagnostics market, Agilent Technologies said this week that it has acquired SynPro, a privately held manufacturer of synthetic nucleic acids based in Boulder, Colo.

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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.