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Affymetrix has been awarded US Patent No. 8,492,121, "Complexity management of genomic DNA."
Shoulian Dong is named as the inventor.

Sony of Tokyo has received US Patent No.

Asuragen of Austin, Texas, has received US Patent No. 8,465,914, "Method and compositions involving microRNA." Methods are claimed for isolating, enriching, and labeling miRNA molecules, and for preparing and using arrays or other detection techniques for miRNA analysis.

Canon has been awarded US Patent No. 8,466,272, "Probe set and method for identifying HLA allele."
Mamoru Tsukada has been named as inventor on the patent.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Illumina today said that it has launched a partnership program aimed at developing automation methods for its TruSeq and Nextera Sample Preparation kits.

Swift Biosciences has launched Accel-NGS DNA Library Kit, a PCR-free library prep kit that requires 5 nanograms of input DNA.

Austrian tools vendor Tecan announced this week that Arizona State University researchers have acquired one of its hybridization systems and two of its scanners for the purpose of processing protein microarrays.

Eppendorf recently launched the Mastercycler Nexus X1, the latest addition to the company's Mastercycler range of PCR instruments.

Akonni Biosystems has been awarded US Patent No. 8,334,117, "Temperature control device with a flexible temperature control surface."

Illumina of San Diego has received US Patent No.

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The Guardian reports that visa costs could prevent scientists and others from coming to the UK.

The Trump Administration is reconsidering its plan to issue an executive order to require federally funded research to be freely available upon publication, Times Higher Education reports.

Nature News says some preprint repositories may close down due to a lack of funds to cover costs.

In Nature this week: framework for analyzing cancer mutational signatures, treatment resistance in small cell lung cancer followed by increased intratumoral heterogeneity, and more.