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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, BioArray Solutions

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has received US Patent No. 7,358,049, “Gene chip technology for determining memory genes.” The patent claims a method of identifying a gene or genes involved in transcription-dependent memory by: a) training non-human animals under conditions sufficient to induce transcription-dependent memory formation; b) extracting RNA from brain tissue of said non-human animals; c) synthesizing DNA probes using the RNA; d) exposing the DNA probes to microarray chips containing DNA sequences from genes of the genome of said non-human animals under conditions appropriate for hybridization of the DNA probes to complementary DNA sequences on the microarray chips; e) detecting the signal; and f) performing a statistical comparison between the signal detected in step (e) and the signal detected in a control.

BioArray Solutions of Warren, NJ, has received US Patent No. 7,358,097, “Making a matrix of random encoded arrays.” The patent claims an apparatus and method of maintaining chips or arrays of particles, or arrays of particles deposited on chip surfaces, in a designated area on a substrate surface. This is accomplished by having hydrophilic chips or arrays of particles, and a substrate that has a series of hydrophilic regions designed to accommodate the chips/arrays of particles, surrounded by hydrophobic regions. In the presence of aqueous solution, the chips or arrays of particles are held in the designated regions, the patent states.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.