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Gene Logic of Gaithersburg, Md., has received US Patent No. 7,020,561, "Methods and systems for efficient comparison, identification, processing, and importing of gene expression data." The patent claims systems and methods for analyzing gene expression, gene annotation, and sample information in a relational format. The format could support exploration and analysis, including comparative differential expression analysis, expression pattern matching, and mapping of external attributes or identifiers to internal representations of gene fragments or samples, according to the patent's abstract.


Novozymes of Davis, Calif., has received US Patent No. 7,018,794, "Methods for monitoring multiple gene expression." The patent claims methods for monitoring differential expression of a plurality of genes in a first Bacillus cell relative to expression of the same genes in one or more second Bacillus cells using microarrays containing Bacillus genomic sequenced tags. The patent also claims computer-readable media and computer-based systems for carrying out the experiments, as well as substrates containing an array of Bacillus licheniformis or Bacillus clausii.


Seiko Epson of Tokyo has received US Patent No. 7,018,029, "Liquid container and liquid ejection apparatus." The patent describes an ink cartridge with an upper cover, where the inside of an inner frame portion of the upper cover is partitioned into a groove and a waste ink storing portion by a wall portion. A waste ink absorber is accommodated in the waste ink storing portion, and the inner frame portion is sealed with a film in this state so that a passage and a waste ink storing chamber are formed, according to the patent's abstract. The opening of a lower cover accommodating an ink pack is sealed with the upper cover so that the ink cartridge is formed, the abstract continues. According to the patent claims, it is also possible to use a liquid ejection apparatus utilizing the cartridge for ejecting an organism to be used for manufacturing a biochip.

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