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BioInform s Patent Roundup: Recent Patents of Interest in Bioinformatics: Aug 11, 2003


US Patent 6,594,587. Method for analyzing biological elements. Inventor: Manor Askenazi. Assignee: Monsanto Technology.

Protects a method to determine associations among a set of biological elements using an algorithm that is capable of generating a Steiner tree — a minimum-weight tree that connects a designated set of vertices in a weighted graph.

US Patent 6,598,013. Method for reducing cross-talk within DNA data. Inventors: Cristian Domnisoru, Mohamad Musavi. Assignee: University of Maine

Protects an algorithm for reducing crosstalk between DNA data streams in automatic base-calling. Raw DNA data is filtered using a multi-component analysis that is applied to the difference of the signal intensity on each of the raw DNA data signals to remove cross talk between the signals.

US Patent 6,600,996. Computer-aided techniques for analyzing biological sequences. Inventors: Teresa Webster, MacDonald Morris, Michael Mittmann, David Lockhart, Ming-Hsiu Ho, Derek Bernhart, Luis Jevons. Assignee: Affymetrix.

Protects a computer system to analyze hybridization intensities in order to indicate hybridization affinity between nucleic acid probes and a sample nucleic acid sequence in order to call bases in the sample sequence. The system may also analyze hybridization intensities to monitor gene expression.

US Patent 6,601,050. Trainable adaptive focused replicator network for analyzing data. Inventor: Wasyl Malyj. Assignee: Large Scale Biology Corporation.

Protects adaptive focused replicator networks (AFRNs) — sets of array elements that can be trained to replicate a predetermined sub-group of data. According to the inventors, AFRNs are applicable for processing scanned electropherograms in automatic sequencers.

US Patent 6,604,092. Expert system utilizing a knowledge base and design of experiment (DOE) techniques. Inventor: Lisa Stewart. Assignee: Lisa Stewart.

Covers a protocol-design tool that comprises a user interface with statistical methods and knowledgebases that incorporate previously optimized protocol methods and baseline data. The tool is applicable for PCR protocol methods, according to the inventor.

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