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This story was originally posted on May 17.
Lineagen plans to launch an upgraded version of its FirstStepDx test for autism spectrum disorders.

The University of Utah last week fired back at a bid by University of Massachusetts officials to have an RNAi technology intellectual property lawsuit dismissed, arguing that the court hearing the case — and not the US Supreme Court, as the officials contend — is the appropriate

Ibis Biosciences (Abbott) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,163,895, "Compositions for use in identification of orthopoxviruses."
Rangarajan Sampath, Thomas Hall, David Ecker, and Steven Hofstadler are named as inventors on the patent.

Roche Molecular Systems has been awarded US Patent No. 8,095,322, "Systems and methods for determining cross-talk coefficients in PCR and other data sets."
Ronald Kurnik, Aditya Sane, and Christopher Elkin are named as inventors on the patent.

This article has been updated to clarify funding sources for the investigators who won the awards.
By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

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The Wall Street Journal looks into FamilyTreeDNA's handling of genetic genealogy searches by law enforcement.

In a point-counterpoint in the Boston Globe, researchers discuss the potential of gene editing to prevent Lyme disease, but also the pitfalls of doing so.

MIT's Technology Review reports that researchers hope to develop a CRISPR-based pain therapy.

In Science this week: atlas of malaria parasites' gene expression across their life cycles, and more.