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Columbia University Sues Illumina

The trustees of Columbia University have filed a lawsuit claiming that Illumina is infringing on five of the school's gene-sequencing patents, reports Bloomberg News. The suit was filed in federal court in Wilmington, Del., and concerns patents awarded in 2009 on technologies developed by Columbia's Jingyue Ju and colleagues for rapid DNA sequencing, Reuters adds. Columbia has asked for damages and an injunction. "Columbia is proud of the outstanding research efforts of its faculty and will defend its patented technology," university spokesperson Robert Hornsby tells Reuters.

Illumina's Jennifer Temple tells Bloomberg that "we believe these claims are without merit, and we will defend against them vigorously."

Our sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News has more on this suit here.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.