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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – OraSure Technologies announced today that its subsidiary DNA Genotek has settled lawsuits it had filed against Ancestry.com and contract manufacturer Spectrum Solutions over saliva DNA collection kits.

According to OraSure, Ancestry.com has agreed to pay DNA Genotek $12.5 million to settle the dispute.

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