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Scientists from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed a new primer technology that, when used in real-time PCR assays, obviates the need for internal probes or intercalating dyes and makes them easier and cheaper to use than existing real-time PCR diagnostic chemistries.

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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.