Promega

Of the six kits, the team found that Qiagen and Norgen's spin column tools recovered the highest amount of DNA across a range of base pair lengths.

The two companies have signed a collaboration agreement to provide Promega's microsatellite instability testing technology for immuno-oncology.

Promega's technology will be part of a larger portfolio of research products aimed at supporting oncology drug and clinical trial development.

Promega would first seek clearance for an assay that detects dMMR in colorectal cancer patients, and could seek a far broader clearance in the long term.

The test, which is currently for research use only, uses fluorescent multiplex PCR to co-amplify seven markers for analysis of the MSI-high phenotype.

The Spectrum Compact instrument.

The firm's target market for the instruments will include existing customers in the forensics and food testing spaces.

The Thermo Fisher subsidiary is not liable to Promega in the US for selling infringing forensic DNA kits in Europe, containing US-manufactured Taq polymerase.

The case is being framed as either upholding a strong patent regime or dealing a blow to US-based manufacturing as part of the global supply chain.

Genovis had sued Promega for allegedly infringing a patent related to technology for characterizing therapeutic antibody candidates using LC-MS.

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The Washington Post reports on a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan to place rapid DNA analyzers at booking stations around the country.

In an editorial, officials from scientific societies in the US and China call for the international community to develop criteria and standards for human germline editing.

The US National Institutes of Health is to review studies that have received private support for conflicts of interest, according to the New York Times.

In Science this week: the PsychENCODE Consortium reports on the molecular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders, and more.