OptiGene

The device, available for license from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories Industrial Partnerships Office, integrates a single-tube nucleic acid extraction method with loop-mediated isothermal amplification or reverse transcriptase LAMP.

OptiGene has licensed Eiken's loop-mediated isothermal amplification method to use in nucleic acid amplification reagents for infectious disease testing; while the UK's VLA has licensed the technology for veterinary testing and environmental monitoring.

OptiGene will develop, manufacture, and sell nucleic acid amplification reagents for research use, and VLA will develop, manufacture, and provide testing for nucleic acid diagnostics for veterinary purposes and environmental monitoring.

The platform will be based on isothermal amplification and its developers aim to cut the amount of time it takes to diagnose STDs to 15 minutes or less at the point of care.

The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

In Cell this week: epigenetic change linked to glioblastomas, rare and low-frequency variants contributing to multiple sclerosis risk, and more.