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Applied Biosystems has received US Patent No. 7,547,096, "Apparatus and methods of depositing fluid." The patent claims a printing device for depositing fluid for chemical and biological analysis on a support. The device includes: a) a number of adjoining plates, where each plate includes a first surface and a second surface; b) a number of channels that intersect the first and second surface of each plate; c) and a number of deposition units formed from a solid material designed to produce an array of positionally distinguishable areas.

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The Atlantic reports that genetic counselors are coping with an influx of patients seeking advice on their direct-to-consumer genetic test results.

A small study finds differences between three genomic prostate cancer tests, Medscape reports.

In Nature this week: shared genetic architecture for asthma and allergic diseases, and more.

A survey of Canadians finds them to be divided on genetically modified food, the Ottawa Citizen reports.