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In Brief This Week: Qiagen; BGI; Thermo Fisher Scientific; and More

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Qiagen said this week that a judge has recommended partial dismissal of lawsuit filed against the company by Oxford Immunotec for patent infringement. The suit, filed in August 2015, concerns six patents and Qiagen's QuantiFERON Gold latent TB test. Oxford Immunotec alleged that Qiagen and other companies had infringed on its patents by developing their own TB tests. A magistrate judge has now recommended that part of the case against the defendants be dismissed as part of Oxford Immunotec's patents covered unpatentable subject matter. Qiagen said it is pleased with the recommendation, as it allows the company to continue selling the QuantiFERON test. For its part, however, Oxford Immunotec said it believes the ruling will allow it to press on with its case, as the judge also noted that the firm's tests for TB have improved on prior methods of testing. Both sides now have 14 days to respond to the judge's recommendations.

BGI told GenomeWeb this week that it has led a RMB200 million ($30 million) series A funding round for Beijing Gene+ Technology, a gene testing and precision medicine start-up company.

FEI announced this week that its shareholders have approved its acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific. The $4.2 billion transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Agena Bioscience announced this week that it has certified Genelex as a service provider of its MassArray technology. The MassArray is a mass spectrometry-based platform for high-throughput genetic analysis, and is intended for research use. Genelex will now be able to provide customer support, customizable assay design, and test development for the MassArray for customers.

In Brief This Week is a selection of news items that may be of interest to our readers but had not previously appeared on the GenomeWeb site.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.