Applied Biosystems this week launched Arabidopsis and Drosophila TaqMan Gene Expression Assays, the company said in a statement. The Real-time PCR assays are based on "well-characterized" transcripts in the US National Center for Biological Information Reference Sequence Project database, ABI said. The Arabidopsis assays include 95,000 probe-and-primer sets for approximately 26,000 genes, while the Drosophila assays include 38,000 sets for approximately 13,000 genes, the company said.

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While gene therapies may have high price tags, they could be cheaper than the cost of managing disease, according to MIT's Technology Review.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

In Nature this week: paternal age associated with de novo mutations in children, and more.

Nature News writes that researchers are still wrangling over the role of the p-value.