Skip to main content

Cepheid Patents Nucleic Acid Prep System

NEW YORK, Aug. 29-Cepheid was granted a patent earlier this week for its automated cell capture, nucleic acid extraction, purification and concentration technology.

The patent covers Cepheid's system for using fluidic circuits in a cartridge to collect microorganism samples and automate the laborious process of nucleic acid purification and concentration. That technique is an important part of the company's GeneXpert rapid genetic testing platform, now under development.


The patent was awarded on Aug. 27 by the United States Patent and Trade Office.

The Scan

UK Funds to Stay Ahead of Variants

The UK has announced a further £29.3 million to stay on top of SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Guardian reports.

Push for Access

In a letter, researchers in India seek easier access to COVID-19 data, Science reports.

Not as Cold

Late-stage trial results are expected soon for an RNA-based vaccine that could help meet global demand as it does not require very cold storage, the New York Times writes.

Genome Research Papers on Microbes' Effects on Host Transfer RNA, Honeybee Evolution, Single-Cell Histones

In Genome Research this week: influence of microbes on transfer RNA patterns, evolutionary relationships of honeybees, and more.