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Lawyers challenging Myriad Genetics' patents underlying its BRACAnalysis genetic test have made no secret of the fact that a similar case could very well have been brought against Athena Diagnostics.

PrimeraDx has been awarded US Patent No. 8,321,140, "Quantification of nucleic acid molecules using multiplex PCR."
Kyle Hart, Vladimir Dancik, Michael Bristol, Patrick Wells, Elizabeth Garcia, Vladimir Slepnev, and John Unger are named as inventors.

Arkray of Kyoto, Japan, has been awarded US Patent No. 8,306,754, "Nucleic acid amplification determining method and nucleic acid amplification determining device."
Kosuke Kubo is named as the inventor.

The headline for this story has been updated from a previous version to clarify that the company has completed enrollment for the trial.

This article has been updated from a previous version to clarify that Wave 80 is evaluating the SPE technology but has not licensed it.
By Ben Butkus

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.