BioMicro of Sandy, Utah, hopes a new US patent on its microfluidics technology will help it attract $10 million in a Series B round of financing by the end of the year. The patent, Number 6,296,020, describes methods of controlling fluid through microchannels using passive valves. These valves inhibit the flow of solution, building up pressure until the pressure exceeds the barrier.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

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