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CEO Lars Kongsbak said that the Danish firm's menu of PCR assays is now the "biggest product line" that Exiqon offers, surpassing even its arrays.

The company reported a 3 percent decrease in organic revenue for its Molecular Biology Systems division in the first quarter of 2011 due primarily to "difficult" year-over year comparisons for its PCR and molecular biology reagents businesses.

The NHGRI-led program has seen its first major success by identifying the genetic basis for a rare and debilitating vascular disorder.

AlphaHelix is paying Labkompaniet, Techtum's owner, about $1 million as part of the all-stock deal.

Representatives from Novartis Molecular Diagnostics and Sanofi Pasteur weighed in on the increasing use of quantitative PCR in areas such as companion diagnostic development and vaccine analytical testing at an industry meeting this week.

The combination of recently expired or soon-to-expire patents in the qPCR space, combined with recent increased financial stability in the biotech tools market, could help spur a proliferation of new PCR-based diagnostics and research tools in coming months, an expert in biotechnology patenting said at a qPCR scientific meeting held this week.

Last month the company won a similar award from DoD to develop qPCR-based assays for arbovirus pathogens.

The method permits the detection of mRNA transcripts of interest for more than 6,000 single cells in parallel per assay with high sensitivity and specificity; and has a variety of applications, including detecting replicating intracellular pathogens such as retroviruses.

The co-marketing pact builds on a licensing agreement related to the same technologies that has been in place since at least 2005 and provides an entry point for Roche in the burgeoning miRNA field.

The facility will serve as the central headquarter for operations, research, and molecular clinical lab testing.

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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.