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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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US National Science Foundation is continuing its responsible research conduct training policy despite its flaws, ScienceInsider reports.

A CRISPR-themed meeting explored how the tool could and should be used, Wired reports.

In Science this week: database of proteins' effects on cancer, targeted error correction sequencing, and more.