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Patent Bonanza


A new patent on genetic music got us brainstorming about other DNA-based inventions. We can’t wait to retire early when the royalties start kicking in.

News that the US Patent and Trademark Office had issued a patent covering genetic music stirred up our Genome Technology Online community like blood-meal time at the Aedes aegypti lab. Granted, most readers weren’t expressing frustration over the quality of the patented idea — instead, the angst seemed to stem from “But I invented that first!” syndrome.

US Patent 7,247,782 covers “music generated by decoding and transcribing genetic information within a DNA sequence into a music signal having melody and harmony, and useful in the production of novelty consumer products, identification systems, and diagnostic tools.” Here at GT, we got to wondering about what inventions we could base on DNA sequence and capitalize on ourselves.

Whether you think you already have a claim on genetic music or you (like us) just wonder how some patents make it past the examiners, you might enjoy this list of GT’s soon-to-be-patented, DNA-related strokes of genius.

Genetic fabric
Our patented four-color fabric can have virtually any pattern as long as we can link it in some way to a pattern seen in a DNA sequence somewhere in nature.

Genetic alarm clock
This special alarm clock rings in patterns based on regions of the honeybee genome that are known to be linked to circadian rhythm.

Genetic organism
Using the DNA from a mango as our basis, GT’s patent covers the design and cultivation of mangoes from DNA.

Genetic Christmas tree lights
Our DNA-based Christmas tree lights flash in four colors, corresponding to nucleotides, on and off in sequences based on DNA from stretches of the reindeer genome.

Genetic tattoos
This patent covers tattoos, made with ink, that use wavy lines, circles, stripes, helical graphics, or any other image typically or atypically associated with the graphical representation of DNA.

Genetic air fresheners
GT’s patent-pending, plug-in air fresheners emit a series of four different scents in a sequence determined by DNA sequences randomly selected from GenBank.

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.