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Roche Molecular Systems has been awarded US Patent No. 8,110,396, "Thermocycling device with a thermal switch comprising a magnetic or metal thermoconducting liquid and a stimulating unit."
Daniel Bommer and Thomas Schlaubitz are named as inventors on the patent.

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According to its developers, the new method may be able to serve as the basis for extremely inexpensive and easy-to-use molecular diagnostic tests in developing nations since it eliminates the need for expensive and delicate thermal cyclers.

Hologic, BioMeriuex, Cornell University, Life Technologies, Samsung, Enzo Life Sciences, National Taiwan University, and others awarded US patents.

An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.