This past week, Jena, Germany-based SIRS-Lab introduced a biochip intended solely for educational purposes. The Lab-Arraytor Training chip joins the firm’s other commercially available Lab-Arraytor products for a variety of gene-expression applications, but is offered at a steep discount to the firm’s other arrays. While it will provide microarray students with practical, hands-on experience, it can also be viewed as a wise marketing decision by the firm, familiarizing early users with SIRS-Lab’s products.

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Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.

Popular Mechanics reports that Caltech researchers have built a prototype nanobot using DNA.

The Sacramento Bee writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing connected a woman to sperm donor-conceived half siblings.

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