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In an intellectual property lawsuit filed by Cepheid against Roche, a US district court has stayed a hearing on whether a PCR patent owned by Roche is invalid until the companies finish ongoing arbitration hearings.

Cepheid last week filed suit against Roche seeking to invalidate a pair of PCR patents owned by Roche.

Patent watchdog firm Troll Busters has chosen to abandon its lawsuit against more than a dozen life science companies for false patent marking related to various nucleic acid detection, amplification, and cloning technologies, according to recently filed court documents.

A US district court has dismissed a lawsuit filed earlier this year against more than a dozen life science companies alleging that they falsely marked certain nucleic acid detection, amplification, and cloning technologies as being patented after the relevant patents expired.

The patent reexamination is intended to challenge a larger "PCR patents duopoly" enjoyed by Roche and Life Technologies, according to an associate at the IP firm that initiated the patent reexamination last month.

A Karmagenes researcher has lost his position after reportedly admitting to data fabrication, according to Retraction Watch.

Two neuroscientists write in Nature News that solving the "reproducibility crisis" in science may require changing the requirements for publication.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of prehistoric New Mexicans, a nanopore method for mapping DNA methylation, and more.

A new study finds that adding missing good bacteria to the skin microbiome of atopic dermatitis patients decreases Staphylococcus aureus colonization.