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Takara Bio has been awarded US Patent No. 8,048,987, "Polypeptides having DNA polymerase activity."
Yoshimi Sato, Kazue Nishiwaki, Nana Shimada, Shigekazu Hokazono, Takashi Uemori, Hiroyuki Mukai, and Ikunoshin Kato are named as inventors on the patent.

Patent watchdog firm Troll Busters has chosen to abandon its lawsuit against more than a dozen life science companies for false patent marking related to various nucleic acid detection, amplification, and cloning technologies, according to recently filed court documents.

A US district court has dismissed a lawsuit filed earlier this year against more than a dozen life science companies alleging that they falsely marked certain nucleic acid detection, amplification, and cloning technologies as being patented after the relevant patents expired.

WaferGen Biosystems this week reported a nearly 10-fold year-over-year decline in second-quarter revenues due to an "absence of sales" of its SmartChip real-time PCR platform.

A group of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has demonstrated PCR amplification of nucleic acids in less than three minutes using typical microliter-scale reaction volumes.

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The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.