Mayo Clinic said this week that it has licensed patent rights from Qiagen that will enable Mayo Medical Laboratories to offer a molecular complex speciation test for tuberculosis.

Under the agreement, Mayo has obtained the rights to US Patent No. 7,749,696, entitled "Method and kit for the specific detection of M. tuberculosis," which was issued to Qiagen in July 2010.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.

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