The University of Houston has been awarded

Peter Rogan has been awarded US Patent No. 8,532,934, "Rapid and comprehensive identification of prokaryotic organisms by metagenomic analysis."

Enzo Diagnostics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,445,664, "Kits for amplifying and detecting nucleic acid sequences."
Elazar Rabbani, Jannis Stavrianopoulos, James Donegan, Jack Coleman, and Marleen Walter are named as inventors.

Universidad Politecnica de Valencia of Valencia, Spain, has received US Patent No.

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Life Technologies, Siemens, NuGen Technologies, Olympus, Riken, Hologic, and Qiagen win US patents.

Beckman Coulter completed the $780 million deal over this past weekend.

Beckman said the closing payment for the deal would fixed at $780 million. It also said that it would eliminate Olympus' immunoassay product line and related R&D efforts after the closing of the deal.

The $800 million acquisition will strengthen Beckman Coulter's presence in the clinical chemistry market. The firm does not anticipate a change in its current investment grade ratings due to the new debt.

Under a proposed spending bill, the US National Institutes of Health would see an additional $3 billion in funding.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney sequenced numerous platypus genomes to study their population history.

Robert Redfield, the new pick to lead the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has faced criticism for some of his work.

In Nature this week: sequenced genomes of five additional Neanderthals, and more.