Life Technologies’ subsidiary Applied Biosystems appears to have won a two-year legal quarrel with Illumina over three patents relating to ABI’s SOLiD sequencing technology.

Last week, during the second phase of a two-part trial in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, the jury decided that the SOLiD technology does not infringe the last patent at stake (see In Sequence 1/27/2009).

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.