Life Technologies of Carlsbad, Calif., has received US Patent No. 8,435,395, "Methods and apparatus for measuring analytes using large scale FET arrays." Methods are claimed for producing large-scale, filed-effect-transistor arrays using conventional complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor processing techniques. According to the inventors, such arrays may be employed to detect a presence or concentration changes of various analyte types in a variety of chemical and biological processes.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

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