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Qiagen of Venlo, The Netherlands, has received US Patent No. 6,977,148, "Multiple displacement amplification." The patent claims a method for the amplification of nucleic acid sequences of interest. The described method generally involves replication of a target sequence such that, during replication, the replicated strands are displaced from the target sequence by strand displacement replication of another replicated strand.

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