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Patent Watch: Jan 23, 2009

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Dmitry Bandura, Vladimir Baranov, and Scott Tanner have been awarded US Patent 7,479,630, “Method and apparatus for flow cytometry linked with elemental analysis.”

According to its abstract, the patent claims an apparatus for sequentially analyzing particles such as single cells or single beads, by spectrometry. The apparatus, an elemental flow cytometer, includes the means for sequential particle introduction; the means to vaporize, atomize, and excite or ionize the particles, or an elemental tag associated with an analyte on the particles; and the means to analyze the elemental composition of the vaporized, atomized, and excited or ionized particles, or an elemental tag associated with the particles. Methods for sequentially analyzing particles such as single cells or single beads by spectrometry are also provided.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.