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By Ben Butkus
Biosearch Technologies said today that it has acquired worldwide rights from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to patents covering "non-FRET" nucleic acid probe technology.

The new test will be based on real-time PCR using fluorescence resonance energy transfer probes for detection.

The scientist has founded consulting firm Perpetual Genomics to license the technology, which would be a "true universal library" of extremely short FRET-based PCR probes that could allow manufacturers to sell probes fractionally and significantly reduce their cost.

The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive element deletion linked to altered methylation and more in form of muscular dystrophy; human contamination in draft bacterial and archaeal genomes; and more.