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Fuji Photo Film, SRU Biosystems, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey

Fuji Photo Film of Kanagawa, Japan, has received US Patent No. 7,169,583,“Method for the detection of gene with DNA microarray.” The patent claims a method for the detection of a nucleic acid by performing a PCR reaction or a reverse transcription reaction by adding a template nucleic acid to a solid support on which a nucleic acid is fixed, and hybridizing the nucleic acid on the support with the nucleic acid synthesized by the PCR reaction or the reverse transcription reaction.

SRU Biosystems of Woburn, Mass., has received US Patent No. 7,170,599,“Method and instrument for detecting biomolecular interactions.” The patent describes an instrument system for detecting a biochemical interaction on a biosensor. The system includes an array of detection locations including a light source for generating collimated white light. A beam splitter then directs the collimated white light towards a surface of a sensor corresponding to the detector locations. The detection system includes an imaging spectrometer receiving the reflected light and generating an image of the reflected light.

University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey of Newark has received US Patent No. 7,171,030, “Systems for analyzing microtissue arrays.” The patent claims a tissue microarray imaging system capable of autonomously imaging, analyzing, and storing data for samples in a tissue microarray. According to the patent’s abstract, the system includes a tissue microarray, a robotic microscope, and an imaging workstation that executes software that controls operation of the microscope to capture images from the microarray and analyze image results. The system may be local, or may be Web-based for distributed control and sharing of results.

The Scan

WHO Seeks Booster Pause

According to CNN, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering SARS-CoV-2 vaccine boosters until more of the world has received initial doses.

For Those Long Legs

With its genome sequence and subsequent RNAi analyses, researchers have examined the genes that give long legs to daddy longlegs, New Scientist says.

September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: genetic changes affecting DNA damage response inhibitor response, "time-series miner" approach, and more.