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After putting off his doctoral studies to find rock-and-roll fame, the Offpring's Dexter Holland graduated this week with a Ph.D. in molecular biology from USC.

The agency is seeking grant applications for projects using genomics to study HIV/AIDS drug responses and comorbidities.

The method simplifies previous techniques, and preliminary testing using a microfluidic device indicates it could ultimately be used in low-resource settings.

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In Science this week: reason for partial HIV vaccine protection, and more.

The fully automated self-confirming assay will simultaneously detect HIV/AIDS antibodies and viral RNA in a single specimen.

Shipping of the assay, Cepheid's eighth product release in 2014, is anticipated to begin in February 2015.

Two new studies demonstrate improved methods using droplet digital PCR to detect very low viral loads in HIV-positive patients, pushing the detection threshold lower than that of real-time PCR.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Roche today announced the launch of the Global Access Program for HIV viral load testing.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – University Hospital Case Medical Center today said it has reached a deal with Arup Laboratories to offer a sequencing-based HIV diagnostic test.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Diaxonhit today said that Bpifrance has granted it more than €1.7 million ($2.4 million) to develop a companion diagnostic for an AIDS vaccine under development.

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Gene drives might run into biological resistance, the Economist reports.

Forensic experts exhumed painter Salvador Dalí's body to collect DNA for a paternity test, CBS News reports.

Yale Environment 360 writes that synthetic and conservation biologists aren't always on the same wavelength, but they are trying to reach an understanding.

In Science this week: full CRISPR locus integration complex structure, and more.