In another component of an ongoing agreement with Gen-Probe, BioMérieux has paid the company a $4.5 million license fee for the rights to its ribosomal RNA markers, and has promised as much as $3 million more due to Gen-Probe by the end of 2006, according to a Gen-Probe spokesperson.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.

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