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By Bernadette Toner

This story was originally posted on Nov. 19.

The US Patent and Trademark Office has rejected all 12 claims in a key US patent related to real-time PCR thermal cycler technology that is assigned to Life Technologies' Applied Biosystems subsidiary.

The European Patent Office, meantime, last week issued a decision to maintain the European counterpart of the patent in an "amended form."

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.

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