By Adam Bonislawski

Scientists at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have developed a new form of affinity reagent that could offer an easy-to-produce alternative to traditional antibodies.

Dubbed DNA synbodies, the agents consist of pairs of peptides linked by a DNA backbone. In an early study they showed equivalent or better sensitivity and specificity compared to commercial antibodies, said John Chaput, an associate professor at ASU and one of the inventors of the technology.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.

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