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Applera, MDS, and ABI/MDS Scientific Sue Thermo Electron Over Mass Spec Patent

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (GenomeWeb News) - Applera, MDS, and Applied Biosystems/MDS Scientific Instruments have jointly filed a patent infringement complaint against Thermo Electron in US District Court for the District of Delaware.


The suit alleges that Thermo's mass spectrometer systems infringe US Patent No. 4,963,736, Thermo said in a statement released Wednesday, adding that the Waltham, Mass.-based company believes the primary focus of the lawsuit is Thermo's triple quadrupole mass spectrometers, which represent approximately 1 percent of its annual revenues.

The Scan

Sick Newborns Selected for WGS With Automated Pipeline

Researchers successfully prioritized infants with potential Mendelian conditions for whole-genome sequencing or rapid whole-genome sequencing, as they report in Genome Medicine.

Acne-Linked Loci Found Through GWAS Meta-Analysis

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics find new and known acne vulgaris risk loci with a genome-wide association study and meta-analysis, highlighting hair follicle- and metabolic disease-related genes.

Retina Cell Loss Reversed by Prime Editing in Mouse Model of Retinitis Pigmentosa

A team from China turns to prime editing to correct a retinitis pigmentosa-causing mutation in the PDE6b gene in a mouse model of the progressive photoreceptor loss condition in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

CRISPR Screens Reveal Heart Attack-Linked Gene

Researchers in PLOS Genetics have used CRISPR screens to home in on variants associated with coronary artery disease that affect vascular endothelial function.