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As part of the deal, which is worth at least $3 million for the first five years, Primerdesign will develop and supply 384-well plate molecular assay panels for Genesis.

AmberGen is developing a microbead-based, multiplexed, in vitro pediatric allergy test. The diagnostic is designed to enable the detection of multiple allergen-specific IgE antibodies in blood, according to a company executive.

The British company expects to report "substantial growth" in its food intolerance testing line for full-year 2009, and sales of its microarray-based Genarrayt platform are expected to rise 44 percent to £1.04 million from £72,000 in 2008.

The service is SRL's first array-based test and could foreshadow the adoption of more array-based diagnostics by the Indian testing giant.

The New York Times Magazine examines gender discrimination at the Salk Institute.

Science reports that MD Anderson Cancer Center has dismissed three researchers over foreign tie concerns.

A second death in gene therapy trial for type 1 spinal muscular atrophy is under investigation, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: antibiotic resistance patterns in Escherichia coli, a dozen genetic loci tied to varicose vein risk, and more.