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The researchers were able to differentiate among patients with lung cancer, COPD, and health controls using the biomarkers.

Synthetic Genomics said this week that it has purchased from Febit Holding GmbH the worldwide rights to three families of patents and patent applications related to gene synthesis.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Synthetic Genomics today announced its acquisition of the worldwide rights to three families of patents and patent applications related to synthetic genomic technologies from Germany's Febit Holding.

The team is currently seeking investors and partners in order to spin out a new company and set up a facility for the gene synthesis service, which it believes it could begin offering within the next one to two years at a price of 6 to 9 cents per base pair.

The cuts were necessary to take advantage of a "window of opportunity" in miRNA discovery that could enable the firm to enter the molecular diagnostics market.

A Febit official cited competition from larger companies, as well as the declining costs of whole-genome sequencing, which would eventually replace targeted resequencing, as reasons for discontinuing its sequence-capture and sequencing services businesses.

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As a result of the restructuring, its workforce has been reduced by 60 percent and its CEO and President has left the company.

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Germany's Project DEAL has come to an agreement with the publisher Wiley over journal access and open-access publishing, ScienceInsider reports.

A Canadian panel recommends public coverage of the gene therapy Kymriah if its cost comes down, the Globe and Mail reports.

Researchers uncover additional loci associated with lifespan, which the Telegraph says could be folded into a genetic test.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: new accurate quantification by sequencing approach, CNV breakpoints in Plasmodium falciparum, and more.