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.

Researchers in the UK and Australia uncover genetic links between BMI and depression, the Guardian reports.

The Verge details the account of an academic who alleges her university retaliated against her after she complained of sexual harassment by her supervisor.

The New York Times writes that natural history museums are helping round out genetic studies with older specimens.

In PNAS this week: artemisinin resistance mutations in malaria parasites, ant-plant interactions over time, and more.