Abaxis

Point-of-care device manufacturer Abaxis and biosensor firm LamdaGen said this week that they have entered into an R&D agreement aiming to integrate LamdaGen's plasmonic ELISA technology on Abaxis's rotor-based POC platforms.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cepheid said after the close of the market Tuesday that it has reached a settlement with Abaxis over litigation the firms had filed against each other a couple of yeasr ago.

Abaxis claims that Cepheid's PCR-based blood test for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infringes its sample prep patents. In response, Cepheid has filed a counterclaim denying the alleged infringement and asking the court to find that Abaxis' patents are invalid.

The dispute stems from a licensing agreement in 2005 covering reagent patents held by Abaxis. Cepheid filed a countersuit yesterday, claiming it has not breached the license and asking the court to declare Abaxis' patents invalid.

Lawmakers have asked four direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies to explain their privacy policies and security measures, according to Stat News.

The Trump Administration has proposed a plan to reorganize the federal government, the Washington Post reports.

In Science this week: genetic overlap among many psychiatric disorders, and more.

The Economist writes that an increasing number of scientific journals don't do peer review.