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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.

Lawmakers have asked four direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies to explain their privacy policies and security measures, according to Stat News.

The Trump Administration has proposed a plan to reorganize the federal government, the Washington Post reports.

In Science this week: genetic overlap among many psychiatric disorders, and more.

The Economist writes that an increasing number of scientific journals don't do peer review.