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Sequenom Wins European Patent for Mass Spec-Based Genotyping

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (GenomeWeb News) - Sequenom has won a European patent covering "processes for detecting target nucleic acid sequences in a biological sample using mass spectrometry," the company said today.


The patent, EP0815261B1, is called "DNA Diagnostics Based on Mass Spectrometry," and "relates to several patents previously issued in the United States.


The award validates the technology in 14 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland, Sequenom said.

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