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University of Utah Research Foundation of Salt Lake City has received US Patent No. 7,811,754, "Detection of single nucleotide polymorphisms using planar waveguides." The patent claims a method of detecting SNPs in a gene of interest. According to the method, probes are immobilized on a planar waveguide, where the probes comprise sequences that are complementary to a wildtype sequence of the gene of interest and complementary to a sequence of a known SNP in the gene of interest.

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