In a "non-final action" issued last month, the USPTO rejected the claims of the patent because they are "not patentably distinct" from those of another patent that was awarded in 2001 and assigned to Roche Molecular Systems.
A Quest official said that the partnership with 3M is in line with its goal to move testing for influenza and other respiratory viruses "away from the reference labs and into the hospital labs."
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.