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Yu-Show Fu, Henrich Cheng, and Abbott Laboratories Awarded US Patents

Yu-Show Fu and Henrich Cheng have been awarded US Patent 7,252,995, “Method of generating neurons from stem cells and medium for culturing stem cells.”
The patent discusses a method of generating neurons from stem cells which involves culturing neurons in a medium and culturing the stem cells in the resultant mixture, the abstract states. The patent also discusses a medium for culturing stem cells prepared by culturing neurons in a base culture medium.

Abbott Laboratories has been awarded US Patent 7,252,992, “Cell line and uses thereof.”
The inventors listed on the patent are Dennis Fry, Christine Collins, and Brian Dayton.
According to the abstract, the patent relates to a novel cell line, referred to as T42402I3.4.2, and to uses of this cell line. For example, the cell line may be used in the production of recombinant melanin concentrating hormone receptor protein and in the identification of antagonists, inverse agonists, and receptor agonists.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.