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University of Pennsylvania engineer Changchun Liu is planning to use a mentored career development grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop a non-instrumented, isothermal, microfluidic sample-to-answer assay to detect HIV virus.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Spanish firms Biotools and 2B BlackBio today announced a licensing deal that allows Silanes Laboratories to develop and commercialize diagnostic kits based on their technologies.

Siemens is asking a federal court to grant it rights to a patent covering nucleic acid amplification technology instead of Enzo.

Seegene said that the technology, called real amplicon detection PCR, combines the advantages of multiplex and nested real-time PCR, accelerates test processing by 400 percent, and increases specificity and sensitivity of pathogen detection 10- to 100-fold over current technologies.

Patents awarded to GeneNews, US Army, Aisin Seiki, MTM Laboratories, and USC.

The platform features new nucleic acid sample prep and amplification technologies and will be developed for a wide range of DNA and RNA molecular diagnostic testing, including in oncology and infectious diseases, according to a Biocartis executive.

Becton Dickinson, Gen-Probe, and Cepheid updated JP Morgan Healthcare Conference attendees last week on their development timelines for upcoming nucleic acid testing platforms and assays.

Roche's cobas 4800 for HPV, CT, and NG; BD's ProbeTec Qx Amplified DNA Assays, Transgenomic's Surveyor Scan KRAS kit

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The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.