Biotools

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Spanish firms Biotools and 2B BlackBio today announced a licensing deal that allows Silanes Laboratories to develop and commercialize diagnostic kits based on their technologies.

The newly formed company will next year begin offering nutrigenomics services on arrays developed by BioTools' spinout BlackBio. The chips could appeal to food companies in India as well as laboratories offering food intolerance testing.

The Spanish research products firm has agreed with Kilpest to establish an India-based joint venture to supply the South Asian health and agriculture research communities.

The alliance provides Biotools with a distribution network in Italy.

The Spanish distributor Biotools will supply training in a collaboration with INGEMM.

The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.