Applied Biosystems and parent Applera have settled several lawsuits over the past 10 months, most of which relate to PCR patents held by the firm and its partner Roche Molecular Systems. Though it may be nearing a settlement with Stratagene, ABI still has several cases wending their way through the courts.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.