NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Gen-Probe this week filed suit in a US District Court alleging that Becton Dickinson is infringing a series of patents held by the firm related to is Tigris molecular diagnostics blood-screening system.

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In Nature this week: omic analysis of permafrost microbes, hookworm genome, and more.

Biologists turn to environmental DNA sampling to determine whether elusive or invasive species are shedding DNA in a given area.

Rob Knight writes at Scientific American that microbiome studies are about to break out of the laboratory.

Harold Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, has announced that he is stepping down after nearly five years.