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A hearing scheduled for Friday, part of a lawsuit filed by Agilent was cancelled, leading to speculation the sides were close to a settlement.

A federal judge granted IonPath's motion to dismiss portions of Fluidigm's suit but claims of direct infringement were untouched and will proceed.

10x Genomics sued Harvard University and 1CellBio, a competing single-cell technology firm, in 2018 over licenses for patents granted to both companies.

Chris Collins, a former US representative, has been sentenced to more than two years in prison in an insider trading case involving an Australian biotechnology firm, the New York Times reports.

Prosecutors have charged a former Drexel University professor with theft for allegedly spending federal grant money on adult entertainment and other unrelated expenses, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

The federal court order dismissed the case with prejudice, which prevents the plaintiffs from raising the case again.

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Bloomberg Law writes that the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act may work better as a privacy, rather than anti-discrimination, law.

The patent, which was awarded Jan. 7, covers cell-free DNA-based diagnostic methods, including those used in transplant medicine.

The new complaints add to related patent suits Illumina filed against BGI last year in the US, Germany, Switzerland, and Turkey.

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Nature News writes that additional details about the UK plan for an agency to support high-risk, high-reward science are needed.

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

The Wall Street Journal writes new studies are giving glimpses into the origins of SARS-CoV-2.

In PLOS this week: analysis of Plasmodium population structure, qPCR assay to diagnose scabies, and more.