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.

In a survey, about half of Canadian government scientists say they still feel as though they cannot speak freely, ScienceInsider reports.

Clinicians in China are moving ahead with a number of CRISPR trials, NPR reports, as the US embarks on its first.

The Atlantic reports that biohacker Josiah Zayner regrets injecting himself with the CRISPR gene-editing tool on stage.

In Nature this week: genomic approaches applied to study Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans, and more.