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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Integrated DNA Technologies said today it has obtained a license to manufacture and supply EliTech Group's MGB Eclipse qPCR probes for use in human in vitro diagnostic tests.

Canon has been awarded US Patent No. 8,466,272, "Probe set and method for identifying HLA allele."
Mamoru Tsukada has been named as inventor on the patent.

GenturaDx has developed a molecular diagnostic system that combines sample preparation and real-time PCR testing on a disposable cartridge in an effort to bring molecular testing to more laboratories at small- and medium-sized hospitals.

The vote of confidence is a stepping stone for the company to seek 510(k) approval for an H1N1 test on its platform; to tackle the point-of-care diagnostic market; and to further develop tests for other infectious diseases.

While the amount of the funding was not disclosed, an official from the investment firm that founded Mirina said that it is sufficient to fund the company's operations for 12 to 15 months.

Yacob Ofer, president of Gamida's diagnostics business, said that the acquisition of NanoChip array assets from Elitech gives the firm the ability to continue to service the "large and growing" number of customers in Israel.

Gamida has acquired the array technology that Elitech bought from Nanogen last year.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.