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IP Update: Oct 14, 2011

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Recent Patents in Bioinformatics, September — October 2011

US Patent 8,036,867. Method and apparatus for analysis of molecular configurations and combinations. Inventors: Adityo Prakash, David Kita, Eniko Fodor. Assignee: Verseon

Describes a computational method for performing molecular docking calculations in parallel that could be used to simulate and/or estimate the likelihoods of molecular interactions. The method can be applied to determine whether a biomolecule is a lead candidate.


US Patent 8,032,347. Methods and apparatus for protein sequence analysis. Inventors: Neil E. Reiner, Artem Tcherkassov, Devki Nandan. Assignee: The University of British Columbia

Describes a method for performing protein sequence analysis based on protein sequence alignment and the identification of insertions and deletions.


US Patent 8,032,310. Computer-implemented method, computer readable storage medium, and apparatus for identification of a biological sequence. Inventors: David A. Stenger, Jennifer Thornton

Describes a computer-implemented biological sequence identifier system and method for selecting sequences that requires at least one selection parameter that "corresponds to a likelihood of returning a meaningful result from a similarity search."


US Patent 8,031,925. Method and computer-program product for detecting and quantifying protein spots. Inventors: Jeffrey S. Morris, Howard Gutstein. Assignee: University of Texas System

Describes a computerized method for detecting and quantifying protein spots. It involves generating an average gel image; detecting spots on the image using pinnacle detection; and then "quantifying the spots using the maximum intensity within fixed neighborhoods surrounding pinnacle locations found in the image."


US Patent 8,027,823. Method and system for viewing genomic data. Inventors: Michael T. Barrett, Michael P. Caren. Assignee: Agilent Technologies

Describes a computerized method for viewing experimental data that accepts as input genomic array and cytogenic data and represents them as maps.


US Patent 8,024,128. System and method for improving clinical decisions by aggregating, validating and analysing genetic and phenotypic data. Inventors: Matthew Rabinowitz, Wayne Chambliss, John Croswell, Miro Sarbaev, Milena Banjevic. Assignee: Gene Security Network

Describes a system that enables the integration, validation, and analysis of genetic, phenotypic, and clinical data. In the method, patient data is converted into data classes — patient profile, genetic, symptomatic, treatment, and diagnostics information — using a data parser. It defines relationships between these classes based on expert rules and statistical models. These relationships are used to validate new data and predict phenotypic outcomes.


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The Scan

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.