OriGene Technologies said this week that it has acquired Foster City, Calif.-based immunoassay firm BioCheck.

The acquisition expands Origene's in vitro diagnostic portfolio and capabilities for future product development, the company said. In particular, the purchase provides OriGene with IVD products for the Chinese clinical market, currently a major area of focus for the company.

According to OriGene, the Chinese IVD market is among the fastest growing in the world and is predicted to be the second largest globally by 2017.

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Under a proposed spending bill, the US National Institutes of Health would see an additional $3 billion in funding.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney sequenced numerous platypus genomes to study their population history.

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