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.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.