Applied Biosystems (now Life Technologies) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,036,832, "Automatic threshold setting and baseline determination for real-time PCR."

David Woo, Clinton Lewis, and Nasser M. Abbasi are named as inventors on the patent.

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The ancestors of the Arizona bark scorpion and other scorpions and spiders underwent whole-genome duplication, KJZZ reports.

A cryptographic approach could help researchers keep genomic data private while researchers analyze it, Scientific American reports.

Andy Page, the former president of 23andMe, has joined a diabetes-management startup, according to CNBC.

In Cell this week: regulatory changes in pancreatic cancer, metabolic shifts in Alzheimer's disease, and more.