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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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.

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