Applera has received several US patents the past two weeks. Among them are US Patent No. 6,825,336, “Polymorphisms in known genes associated with osteoporosis, methods of detection and uses thereof.” The patent covers an invention based on the discovery of SNPs in the genes known to contribute to osteoporosis. Such SNPs can lead to a variety of disorders that are mediated/modulated by a variant osteoporosis-associated protein. US Patent No.