Oxford Gene Technology said this week that it has signed licensing deals with Japanese firms Bio Matrix Research and Filgen that will give the companies access to OGT’s intellectual property covering the manufacture and marketing of oligonucleotide microarrays.
The two new deals come just weeks after OGT announced similar licensing arrangements with NGK Insulators and Yamatake, and could herald a proliferation of new chips and services in the Japanese microarray market, according to an OGT official.

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360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

In PNAS this week: precision medicine strategy to screen for disease risk, genome evolution in Haemophilus influenzae, and more.

Researchers have developed a PCR-based assay to gauge whether manatees are present in waters.

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