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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While gene therapies may have high price tags, they could be cheaper than the cost of managing disease, according to MIT's Technology Review.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

In Nature this week: paternal age associated with de novo mutations in children, and more.

Nature News writes that researchers are still wrangling over the role of the p-value.

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