NanoString Technologies of Seattle has received US Patent No. 8,415,102, "Methods and computer systems for identifying target-specific sequences for use in nanoreporters." The patent relates to coded, labeled probes that are capable of binding to and identifying target molecules based on the probes' label codes. The patent also provides methods, computers, and computer program products for identifying target-specific sequences for inclusion in the probes, and methods of making and using such probes.

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