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DermTech announced this week that it has raised $5.6 million in a Series B financing round, which it will use to commercialize its melanoma detection test using Life Technologies' OpenArray quantitative real-time PCR system and to establish a CLIA-certified lab facility in which

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies today said that it has inked a companion diagnostics deal with pharmaceutical firm Merck Serono for an undisclosed oncology target and eventually other therapeutic areas.

Through its planned $13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies announced this week, Thermo Fisher Scientific stands to become the market leader in quantitative, real-time PCR research tools and reagents and DNA-based forensics and human identification.

A team led by the Scripps Research Institute's Gerald Joyce is beginning its second year of an effort to develop a process analogous to quantitative PCR, in which the growth rate of a synthetic RNA molecule can be used as a quantitative measure of the initial concentration of a t

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Swift Biosciences announced today a licensing deal with Vela Operations for the rights to Swift's myT Primer Technology.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Illumina said today that VWR International will distribute its portfolio of qPCR products in the US.
Illumina's qPCR portfolio includes the Eco Real-Time PCR System and NuPCR reagents.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – WaferGen Bio-systems said today it has acquired an exclusive license to a patent covering a novel RNA Quality Control technology.

Life Technologies last week reported a 1 percent decrease in revenues for its Genetic Analysis unit and flat sales in its Applied Sciences unit in the third quarter, contributing to a 2 percent decline in overall company revenues year over year.

A team from the University of Gothenburg working with Life Technologies has published a technique combining reverse transcription and proximity ligation to allow quantitative PCR measurements of the DNA, RNA, and proteins from a single cell.

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The US has sent its formal notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Science reports that a draft spending bill would increase the US National Institutes of Health budget by 13 percent.

The Harvard Crimson reports that Harvard and MIT are suing the Department of Homeland Security and ICE over the new international student visa policy.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: algorithm to determine molecular sequence types and other microbial features, computational method to uncover R-loop structures, and more.