Bio-Rad Laboratories plans to launch its first PCR-based molecular diagnostics platform sometime in the next month, the company's CEO said at an investor conference held this week.

Speaking at the UBS Global Life Sciences conference in New York on Monday, Bio-Rad Laboratories President and CEO Norman Schwartz told attendees that Bio-Rad planned to launch the platform to test for sexually transmitted diseases. The new system will be based on an existing Bio-Rad real-time PCR detection system, though which one is unclear.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.