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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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Nature News reports that genomics is being applied to trace and try to prevent additional COVID-19 waves.

Rady's Children Hospital and San Diego County are teaming up to test pediatric patients and their families for COVID-19 to gauge the spread of the virus locally, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Wildlife managers aim to boost the genetic diversity of Mexican gray wolves by placing captive-born foster pups into packs with similarly aged wild pups, the Mercury News reports.

In Science this week: Genetic Probability tool identifies likely diagnoses in 45 percent of inflammatory arthritis cases, and more.