Qiagen has received US Patent No. 7,074,600, "Amplification of denatured and stabilized nucleic acids." The patent claims compositions and a method for amplification of nucleic acid sequences of interest. The method involves the replication of a target sequence so that during replication the replicated strands are displaced from the target sequence. In one form of the method, the target sample is not subjected to denaturing conditions. The primers used can be hexamer primers.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

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