FRET

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.

Reuters reports that UK researchers are using gene-editing tools to develop flu-resistant chickens.

Nature calls for genomics to become part of the World Health Organization's cholera surveillance approach.

Vox explores a proposal to institute a lottery system to award grant funds.

In Genome Biology this week: gut microbiome study of individuals from Tanzania and Botswana, sixth version of the Network of Cancer Genes database, and more.