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ISS astronauts will soon begin testing the Oxford Nanopore MinIon and two PCR platforms while researchers on Earth continue to evaluate microarrays for use in space.

Supported by a $1.5 million grant from NASA, the project aims to characterize microbes in the crew and enclosed environment of the space station.

The partners have planned a three-year pilot and selected three NCI projects to benefit from supercomputers and expertise offered by four DOE labs.

Lawrence Livermore National Security has been awarded

The Regents of the University of California have been awarded

The Penn State Research Foundation has been awarded

Title: Biochip
Patent Number: 8,753,874
Filed: Dec. 15, 2003
Lead Inventor: Walter Gumbrecht, Siemens

Lawrence Livermore National Security and the University of California have been awarded US Patent No. 8,367,976, "Laser heating of aqueous samples on a micro-optical-electro-mechanical system."
Reginald Beer and Ian Kennedy are named as inventors.

Lawrence Livermore National Security has been awarded US Patent No. 8,354,514, "Multiplex detection of agricultural pathogens."
Thomas Siezak, Shea Gardner, Clinton Torres, Elizabeth Vitalis, and Raymond Lenhoff are named as inventors.

Quest Diagnostics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,346,485, "Methods and apparatuses for estimating initial target nucleic acid concentration in a sample by modeling background signal and cycle-dependent amplification efficiency of a polymerase chain reaction."

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Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.