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Simon Fraser University of Burnaby, Calif., has received US Patent No. 7,947,443, "DNA and RNA conformational switches as sensitive electronic sensors of analytes." Sensors are described that permit electrical conduction through a first double-helical stem only in the presence of a bound analyte. In one design, the current flows through the analyte receptor itself. In the second, the current flows in a path adjacent to the receptor.

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In PNAS this week: genes involved in histone deacetylation in Arabidopsis, effects of pathogenic presenilin-1 mutations, and more.

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A company is using facial recognition tools to identify genetic disorders from pictures, Technology Review reports.