This article has been updated from a previous version to include comment from Pacific Biosciences.

Pacific Biosciences said last week that it has been named the senior party in an ongoing US Patent and Trademark Office interference that involves a patent held by Life Technologies and a patent application filed by PacBio that both cover single-molecule sequencing technology.

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