FIO of Toronto has received US Patent No. 8,360,321, "System and method of deconvolving multiplexed fluorescence spectral signals generated by quantum dot optical coding technology." According to the patent, a system is used to deconvolve multiplexed fluorescence spectral signals into single-color fluorescence spectra. It relies on a spectral database that contains a parameter set for each of the component spectra, as well as a sliding window technique that deconvolves the multiplexed signal into the component spectra.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

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