Illumina, Affymetrix, and Exiqon last week disclosed plans to launch new chips targeting markets as diverse as agricultural biotechnology, cytogenetic research, and molecular diagnostics, while highlighting their efforts to consolidate manufacturing and expand sales and marketing activities this year.

Presenting at the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco last week, these shops all stressed that they will focus on different markets in 2009.

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering using DNA tests to determine relatedness between adult and child migrants, the Daily Caller reports.

Bloomberg reports that Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics plans to offer a treatment it is developing under the "right to try" law for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In Nature this week: expansion of disease-resistance genes among long-lived oak trees, and more.

In a proof-of-concept study, researchers report being able to determine age from dried bloodstains, Discover's D-brief blog reports.