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IP Roundup: U of Toronto, Lumencor, U of California, Affymetrix, Leica Biosystems, PerkinElmer

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Title: Droplet-based cell culture and cell assays using digital microfluidics.
Patent Number: 8,728,291
Filed: Jan. 11, 2013
Lead Inventor: Aaron Wheeler, University of Toronto


Title: Bioanalytical instrumentation using a light source subsystem.
Patent Number: 8,728,339
Filed: June 1, 2012
Lead Inventor: Claudia Jaffe, Lumencor


Title: Peptide microarray and method of use.
Patent Number: 8,728,980
Filed: Nov. 1, 2012
Lead Inventor: Wei Wang, University of California


Title: Parallel preparation of high fidelity probes in an array format.
Patent Number: 8,729,251
Filed: Nov. 20, 2012
Lead Inventor: Robert Kuimelis, Affymetrix


Title: Data management in a linear-array-based microscope slide scanner.
Patent Number: 8,731,260
Filed: Jan. 10, 2012
Lead Inventor: Greg Crandall, Leica Biosystems


Title: Web-based genetics analysis.
Patent Number: 8,731,956
Filed: Nov. 5, 2008
Lead Inventor: Bassem Bejjani, Signature Genomic Laboratories (now PerkinElmer)

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Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.