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Startups QuantaLife and Inostics join more established outfits RainDance Technologies and Life Technologies in exploring the digital PCR market, but all players will need to negotiate what is sure to be a complex intellectual property landscape.

Digital PCR may be on the verge of becoming nearly as ubiquitous as its predecessor, quantitative real-time PCR, thanks to the integration of empowering nanoscale and microfluidic technologies.

ABI's recently launched MeltDoctor HRM kits are among a series of moves that the company is making to expand its PCR business in the clinical market, an ABI official told GenomeWeb Daily News.

Life Technologies disclosed the acquisition in its second-quarter earnings release. It said that it bought the firm for its intellectual property related to its microfluidics-based digital polymerase chain reaction technology.

Researchers describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

In Science this week: genetic mutations typically associated with esophageal cancer are common in older, healthy individuals, and more.

India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

A new study links more than a hundred genes to autism spectrum disorder, Discover's D-brief blog reports.