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IP Roundup: CalTech, QuantumDx, Fluidigm Win US Patents

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The California Institute of Technology has been awarded US Patent No. 8,871,446, "Microfluidic nucleic acid analysis."

Jong Wook Hong, Vincent Studer, French Anderson, Stephen Quake, and Jared Leadbetter are named as the inventors.


QuantumDx has been awarded US Patent No. 8,871,921, "Design, synthesis, and use of synthetic nucleotides comprising charge mass tags."

Jonathan O'Halloran is named as the inventor.


Fluidigm has been awarded US Patent No. 8,874,273, "Analysis engine and database for manipulating parameters for fluidic systems on a chip."

Gang Sun, Greg Harris, Andy May, Kyle Self, Kevin Farrell, and Wyatt Paul are named as the inventors.

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.