Applera Corporation of Norwalk, Conn., has received US Patent No. 6,900,040, "Isolated human dehydrogenaseproteins, nucleic acid molecules encoding these human dehydrogenase proteins, and uses thereof." The patented described a DNA microarray that can be used to develop gene expression profiles based on the amino acid sequences of human dehydrogenase polypeptides and proteins. These peptides and proteins are related to the retinol dehydrogenase subfamily, as well as allelic variants and other mammalian orthologs.

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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.

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