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.

CNBC reports that Amazon invested in the startup Grail as it sees an opportunity for its cloud computing company in genomics.

Lawrence Krauss writes at Slate that science is needed for good public policy and should not be ignored.

Researchers are working on re-making the yeast genome from scratch, according to the Associated Press.

In Cell this week: functional profiling of Plasmodium genome, a self-inactivating rabies virus, and more.