Sony of Tokyo has received US Patent No. 8,491,853, "Substrate and device for bioassay and method for making the substrate." The patent describes a substrate hosting a group of reaction regions that serve as a field where the interaction between substances proceeds and is formed in the substrate. The substrate also hosts a group of information pits that are used to obtain positional information of individual reaction regions and substance information used in the reaction regions.

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The Jackson Laboratory has filed a complaint accusing Nanjing University of breeding and re-selling its mouse models, the Hartford Courant reports.

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