Ohio State University of Columbus, Ohio, has received US Patent No. 8,075,854, "Microfluidic chips for rapid multiplex ELISA. "The patent claims a microfluidic chip that consists of a substrate and a channel or multiple channels in the substrate. Each channel includes a tortuous path section or multiple tortuous path sections, according to the patent. A receptor for the detection of an analyte can be immobilized in a tortuous path section, for example by adsorption.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

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