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IP Watch: Qiagen, Roche, Biological Dynamics, Others Win US Patents

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Qiagen has been awarded US Patent No. 8,877,436, "Fast results hybrid capture assay on an automated platform."

Paul Eder, Eric Payne, Irina Nazarenko, Suganthi Ramachandran, Arvind Virmani, and Laura Bell are named as inventors.


Stanford has been awarded US Patent No. 8,877,442, "Non-invasive determination of fetal inheritance of parental haplotypes at the genome-wide scale."

Stephen Quake and Hei-Mun Fan are named as inventors.


Roche has been awarded US Patent No. 8,877,464, "Qualitative and quantitative detection of microbial nucleic acids."

Reiner Babiel, Frank Bergmann, and Dorothea Sizmann are named as inventors.


Biological Dynamics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,877,470, "Nucleic acid sample preparation."

Rajaram Krishnan, David Charlot, Eugene Tu, James McCanna, Lucas Kumosa, Paul Swanson, Robert Turner, Kai Yang, Irina Dobrovolskaya, and David Liu are named as inventors.


Geron has been awarded US Patent No. 8,877,723, "Method for identification of sensitivity of a patient to telomerase inhibition therapy."

Calvin Harley, Laurence Elias, Jennifer Smith, Mark Ratain, and Fabio Benedetti are named as inventors.


Intelligent Medical Devices has been awarded US Patent No. 8,877,909, "Optimized oligonucleotides and methods of using same for the detection, isolation, amplification, quantitation, monitoring, screening, and sequencing of group B Streptococcus."

Damien Slater, Chesley Leslin, Juan Anzola, David Dolinger, and Alice Jacobs are named as inventors.


Arkray has been awarded US Patent No. 8,877,910, "Probe for detecting polymorphism in exon 12 of NPM1 gene and use thereof."

Toshiya Hosomi is named as the inventor.


Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and Yokogawa Electric Corporation have been awarded US Patent No. 8,877,918, "Nucleic acid extraction method."

Yoshihiro Ozeki, Akiyo Yamada, Nobuhiro Sasaki, Hitoshi Wake, Takeyuki Mogi, and Tomoyuki Taguchi are named as inventors.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.