BioDiscovery received US Patent No. 6,731,781, “System and method for automatically processing microarrays.” The patent covers a digital image-processing system and a method for quantitatively processing the nucleic acids expressed in a microarray. The system includes a scanner that has a digital sensor that scans the microarray and transmits from an output a digital image of the microarray, and a processor that receives the digital image of the microarray from the scanner, and then processes the digital image, identifying each of the microarray’s sub-grids.

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While gene therapies may have high price tags, they could be cheaper than the cost of managing disease, according to MIT's Technology Review.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

In Nature this week: paternal age associated with de novo mutations in children, and more.

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