The University of Rochester Medical Center has been awarded a US patent that will allow a 2005 biotech spinout of the university to continue developing a DNA-based pathogen-detection technology, URMC said last week.

The spinout, Lighthouse Biosciences, will initially use the technology to develop point-of-care diagnostic chips for detecting hospital-acquired infections, although it may also eventually use the technology for other healthcare, agricultural, food safety, water quality, and defense applications, the company said.

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The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

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