InstantLabs Medical Diagnostics has been awarded US Patent No. 7,795,014, "Disposable reactor module and detection system."

Dongqing Li is the sole inventor named on the patent.

Describes a disposable reactor module, a monitoring/optical detection system, and related hardware for chemical reactions, including PCR.


BioMérieux has been awarded US Patent No. 7,794,986, "Method for amplification of RNA sequences."

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The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

Researchers report that deleting one gene from butterflies affects their wing coloration patterns, according to the Washington Post.

In PNAS this week: genome sequencing of weevil symbionts, retinoid X receptor deletion in lung cancer metastasis, and more.

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