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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Roche said this week that it will invest CHF 240 million ($258.4 million) in a new diagnostics center at its Penzberg, Germany biotech center near Munich.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Almac Diagnostics said this week that it has launched a next-generation sequencing service to its portfolio, which also includes microarray, qPCR, and immunohistochemical offerings.

Patent watchdog firm Troll Busters has chosen to abandon its lawsuit against more than a dozen life science companies for false patent marking related to various nucleic acid detection, amplification, and cloning technologies, according to recently filed court documents.

The firms intend to develop next-generation proteins and enzymes based on synthetic biology.

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A proposed HHS guidance for synthetic biology roughly fits a harmonization effort started by the International Gene Synthesis Consortium.

Five firms have formed the International Gene Synthesis Consortium to set gene and customer screening protocols that address security concerns.

In PLOS this week: nasal microbial communities in asthma patients; sequencing-based way to detect, track schistosomiasis; and more.

The New York Times speaks with Vanderbilt's John Anthony Capra about Neanderthal genes in modern humans.

A draft guidance from the FDA suggests the agency wants to more tightly control gene-edited animals, according to Technology Review.

Researchers were among this weekend's protesters bemoaning the new US administration, Vox reports.