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


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

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.