Prenatal diagnostics company Natera has sued Sequenom, claiming that it does not infringe a patent on noninvasive prenatal diagnosis held by Sequenom, and that the patent is invalid.

The Redwood City, Calif.-based company, until recently called Gene Security Network, filed its suit on Jan. 6 in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

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Oxford Nanopore Technologies is looking into dual listings in London and Hong Kong, according to the South China Morning Post.

US lawmakers proposed increasing the National Science Foundation budget, including its facilities account, Science reports.

The New York Times looks into medical research funding in the US and how the grant system might not be funding the best work.

In PNAS this week: effects of gene deletions on bacterial metabolic networks, genetic responses to sea star wasting disease, and more.

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