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IP Roundup: GE, Luminex, and University of Tokyo Win US Patents

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General Electric has been awarded US Patent No. 8,880,351, "Method and apparatus for analysis of tissue microarrays."

Ali Can, Michael Gerdes, Musodiq Bello, Xiaodong Tao, and Maximilian Seel are named as the inventors.


Luminex has been awarded US Patent No. 8,877,511, "Method and system for manufacture and use of macroporous beads in a multiplex assay."

Jason Bedre, Don Chandler, and Ben Mize are named as the inventors.


The University of Tokyo has been awarded US Patent No. 8,877,443, "Method and kit for evaluation of predisposition to development of obesity, anti-obesity agent and method for screening thereof, non-human animal, adipose tissue, adipocyte, method for production of transgenic mouse, antigen, and antibody."

Satoshi Inoue, Tomohiko Urano, Yasuyoshi Ouchi, and Masataka Shiraki are named as the inventors.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.