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Bio-Rad Laboratories has been awarded US Patent No. 8,236,504, "Systems and methods for fluorescence detection with a movable detection module."
Igor Kordunsky, Jeffrey Goldman, and Michael Finney are named as inventors on the patent.

Universidad Politecnica de Valencia of Valencia, Spain, has received US Patent No.

Akonni Biosystems and non-profit research organization CUBRC have been awarded a $774,000 contract from the US Army to develop an automated sample-prep system for field-based biological threat-detection platforms, Akonni said today.

Akonni Biosystems and Albany, NY-based Wadsworth Center are working together under a $300,000 National Institutes of Health grant to develop a closed amplicon PCR microarray to detect encephalitis- and meningitis-causing viruses in cerebral spinal fluid, Akonni said this week.

Akonni will use the grant to develop a closed amplicon RT-PCR microarray for detecting enterovirus, herpes viruses, and West Nile virus in cerebral spinal fluid.

Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Gen-Probe, Life Technologies, CalTech, and Akonni Biosystems are awarded US patents.

Population Diagnostics, Akonni Biosystems, Luminex, Qiagen, Illumina, and others awarded US patents.

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University of Idaho researchers model the scientific discovery process to examine the link between reproducibility and scientific truth.

A bill passed by a US House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee would give scientific agencies including the National Science Foundation boosts in funding.

Relocating USDA agencies outside of Washington, DC, may make them less effective, critics of the move tell NPR.

In PLOS this week: genes that help Borrelia burgdorferi survive in ticks, CiliaCarta collection of about 1,000 suspected cilia genes, and more.