Biosearch Technologies said yesterday that it has been awarded an $800,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the US Department of Defense to design and develop reverse transcriptase quantitative PCR assays to test for pathogens of military importance.

Under the Phase II SBIR grant, Novato, Calif.-based Biosearch will modify the assays for field deployment in overseas military operations, the company said.

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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.