The molecular diagnostics space is likely to double to $4 billion by 2010, but the ever-increasing number of companies jumping into the space will trigger a wave of mergers and acquisitions as bigger firms swallow smaller players, according to life sciences advisory firm TSG Partners.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

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