Microfluidic Systems

Pursuing what it sees as a burgeoning interest from investors and potential partners in increasingly smaller molecular diagnostic platforms, PositiveID has begun developing a battery-operated, handheld version of Dragonfly, its benchtop, cassette-based molecular testing system, t

Roche wins multiple US patents; Life Tech, Stanford, Medical Diagnostic Labs, PositiveID, and STMicroelectronics also awarded US patents.

The IP is assigned to Microfluidic Systems, which applied for the patent in September 2005 and is in the process of being acquired by PositiveID in a deal worth up to $8.2 million.

The deal, worth as much as $8.2 million, is expected to enable the medical-tech firm to expand into the biodefense and clinical diagnostics markets via MFSI's multiplexed molecular assays and automated, PCR-based sample-to-answer technology.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.