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IP Roundup: Jul 27, 2010

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NanoInk of Chicago has received US Patent No. 7,762,638, "Methods and apparatus for ink delivery to nanolithographic probe systems." The patent claims an ink-delivery device for direct-write nanolithographic printing of inks with use of a tip or tip array. The tip array includes ink reservoirs, microfluidic channels connected to the ink reservoirs; and dipping wells connected to the microfluidic channels, where the dipping wells have a geometry for dipping the tip or tip array into the dipping wells. The patent also claims a method of creating an array of inked probes for performing direct-write nanolithographic printing.


Samsung Electronics has received US Patent No. 7,763,424, "Method of removing air bubbles from hybridization solution of microarray-coverslip assembly and microarray kit for the same." The patent claims method of removing air bubbles from a hybridization solution in a microarray. According to the patent, the method includes injecting a solution of magnetic particles between the coverslip and microarray, applying a magnetic field to the microarray-coverslip assembly, moving the magnetic particles, and removing air bubbles in the hybridization solution from a hybridization area of the microarray with the magnetic particles.


Northwestern University of Evanston, Ill., has received US Patent No. 7,764,361, "Systems and methods to analyze multiplexed bead-based assays using backscattered light." The patent describes an epifluorescence microscope-based optical system that is equipped with a tunable filter to localize microspheres in bead-based assays based on a back-scattered light image. According to the patent, a common optical path for reflected and emitted luminescence in conjunction with a tunable filter negates the requirement of an additional sensor employed in existing technologies for localizing microspheres based on light scatter measurements.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.