Population Genetics Technologies of Cambridge, UK, has received US Patent No. 8,148,068, "Methods and compositions for tagging and identifying polynucleotides." Methods are claimed for attaching oligonucleotide tags to polynucleotides for the purpose of carrying out analytical assays in parallel and for decoding the oligonucleotide tags of polynucleotides selected in such assays.

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