Stanford University of Palo Alto, Calif., has received US Patent No. 8,524,061, "On-chip hybridization coupled with ITP based purification for fast sequence specific identification." According to the patent, isotachophoresis can be employed to simultaneously focus the target and ligand of an assay into the same ITP focus zone. The target and ligand can bind to each other in the ITP focus zone, and then the resulting bound complex can be detected.

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