Applera has received several US patents the past two weeks. Among them are US Patent No. 6,825,336, “Polymorphisms in known genes associated with osteoporosis, methods of detection and uses thereof.” The patent covers an invention based on the discovery of SNPs in the genes known to contribute to osteoporosis. Such SNPs can lead to a variety of disorders that are mediated/modulated by a variant osteoporosis-associated protein. US Patent No.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.