Agilent Technologies received US Patent No. 6,558,908, “Methods and kits for indirect labeling of nucleic acids.” The patents covers a method and kit for labeling nucleic acids for use in gene-expression analysis. The process begins with the generation of an oligonucleotide-tagged nucleic acid, which is then hybridized with a complementary tag to yield labeled nucleic acid. The kit described includes a primer for use in enzymatically generating a target nucleic acid. The primer includes an oligo dT region and the tag, and a labeled oligo complement.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

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