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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.

A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.