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IP Update: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, MathWorks, among Recent Bioinformatics Patent Winners


US Patent 8,554,488. Determining a probabilistic diagnosis of autism by analysis of genomic copy number variations. Inventors: Michael Wigler, Lakshmi Muthuswamy, Jonathan Sebat . Assignee: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Describes methods of "assigning probabilistic measure[s] of clinical outcome for a patient having a disease or a tumor using segmented genomic profiles such as those produced by representational oligonucleotide microarray analysis."

US Patent 8,554,488. Computer-implemented cellular modeling having parallel pathways. Inventors: Patrick Edson, Ricardo Paxson . Assignee: The MathWorks

According to the abstract, this patent is for a computer-implemented method for cellular modeling

US Patent 8,538,704. Computerized method and system for inferring genetic findings for a patient. Inventors: Mark Hoffman, David McCallie. Assignee: Cerner Innovation

According to the abstract, this patent is for a computerized method for inferring genetic findings for patients that are calculated "using genetic findings for family members of the patient, linkage analysis, haplotype analysis, semantic test results for the person, and/or population genetics information."

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Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.