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Columbia University of New York has received US Patent No. 8,263,192, "Methods for modifying surfaces." A method is claimed for modifying a surface of a monolayer by a) coating a monolayer on a substrate, where the monolayer is formed by self-assembly of end-surfactant molecules, positioning a photoactive functional group at the air-monolayer interface; and b) exposing the monolayer to radiation, where each organic group of the monolayer contains a first functionality that is not converted to a second functionality upon exposure to acid.

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

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May
15
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Thermo Fisher Scientific

This webinar will discuss how Radboud University Medical Center’s Department of Human Genetics is using exon-level copy number variant (CNV) detection by microarray to assist its efforts in constitutional genome testing.