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Gen-Probe has been awarded US Patent No. 8,153,772, "Oligonucleotide probes and primers comprising universal bases for diagnostic purposes."
Bob Brown and Timothy Riley are named as inventors on the patent.

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Microarray-relevant NIH Grants Awarded in FY 2009, May 13 – June 22

The company is looking to differentiate itself from other players in the miRNA array market — such as Agilent Technologies, Life Technologies, Exiqon, and Febit — by stressing the "quality, performance, and affordability" of its OneArray platform.

The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.