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Irish clinical diagnostics company Trinity Biotech has acquired the blood bank screening and certain molecular assets of UK-based personalized medicine and clinical diagnostics firm Lab21, the companies said today.

BD Diagnostics, a segment of Becton Dickinson, and Lab 21 will develop the real-time PCR-based test as an in vitro diagnostic product.

The acquisition gives Lab21 access to its first set of nucleic acid-based assays, including a growing menu of RT-PCR and microarray-based tests.

The acquisition will provide Lab21 with its first nucleic acid-based assays.

Myconostica announces positive study results for MycAssay Pneumocystis and MycAssay Aspergillus assays; Exiqon reports positive results for MiRcury LNA Universal RT microRNA PCR test for colorectal cancer.

Gen-Probe's Prodesse ProAdeno+ assay; Myconostica's MycAssay Aspergillus test; Warnex launches Septin9 test in Canada.

A Myconostica official said this week that the company will debut a MycArray Mold ID array by the beginning of 2012 that will be designed to identify different species of microscopic fungi.

Myconostica presents study data for MycAssay Pneumocystis test, Transgenomic launches CE IVD-labeled K-RAS kit in EU

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.