The current method of identifying bacterial infections in hospitals involves petri dishes filled with agar and lots of patience, says Technology Review's Lauren Gravitz. But a new type of diagnostic using nanopore membranes takes the petri dish to the next level, and allows for the identification of bacteria up to five times faster than conventional methods, the company says.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

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