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IP Roundup: UCF, Illumina, Roche, Dart Neuroscience, Others Win US Patents

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The University of Central Florida Research Foundation has been awarded US Patent No. 8,859,266, "Binary probe system for sensitive detection of target analytes."

Yuliva Gerasimova and Dmitry Kolpashchikov are named as the inventors.


The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Universite Paul Sabatier Toulouse III, and Institut Claudius Regaud have been awarded US Patent No. 8,865,408, "Signature for the diagnosis of cancer aggressiveness and genetic instability."

Christophe Cazaux, Jean-Sebastien Hoffmann, Jean-Christophe Bourdon, Alice Machado Da Silva, and Henri Roche are named as the inventors.


Illumina has been awarded US Patent No. 8,867,029, "Systems for methods of facilitating focusing of an optical scanner."

Wenyi Feng is named as the inventor.


Roche Molecular Systems has been awarded US Patent No. 8,868,393, "Algorithms for classification of disease subtypes and for prognosis with gene expression profiling."

Wei-Min Lin is named as the inventor.


Dart Neuroscience has been awarded US Patent No. 8,868,349, "Methods, systems, and products for quantitatively measuring the degree of concordance between or among microarray probe level data sets."

Philip Cheung, Timothy Tully, Humberto Ortiz-Zuazaga, and Oscar Moreno are named as the inventors.

The Scan

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.