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Bio-Rad Laboratories has been awarded US Patent No. 8,236,504, "Systems and methods for fluorescence detection with a movable detection module."
Igor Kordunsky, Jeffrey Goldman, and Michael Finney are named as inventors on the patent.

Panasonic of Osaka, Japan, has received US Patent No. 8,231,768, "Biosensor, biosensor chip and biosensor device." The described biosensor includes a working electrode, a counter electrode, and terminals attached to the respective electrodes by wires.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Hitachi Asia and Data Storage Institute today announced an extension of a collaboration to develop a data compression technique in order to manage the ever-growing amount of genomic sequencing data.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – AITbiotech recently signed a licensing deal to market in the Singapore region an H5N1 bird flu test kit capable of detecting all strains of the virus.

Exiqon has been awarded US Patent No. 8,080,644, "Oligonucleotide analogues."
Jesper Wengel and Poul Nielsen are named as inventors on the patent.

By Justin Petrone
The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology has established a new resource to help companies develop microfluidic devices, including biochips.

In separate deals, the Singapore firm acquired rights to assays for dengue/chikungunya, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and H1N1.

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At a meeting this week, researchers and others discussed the regulatory oversight needed for germline genome editing.

The US Food and Drug Administration has asked questions about Myriad Genetics' GeneSight test, according to Bloomberg.

Researchers report that neutrophil extracellular traps appear to binds gallstones together, according to New Scientist.

In Science this week: approach to infer genotype-by-environment interaction from genetic variants associated with phenotypic variability, and more.