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.

Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.