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IP Update: Hitachi, 23andMe among Recent Bioinformatics Patent Winners

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US Patent 8,433,522. Information processing system using nucleotide sequence-related information. Inventors: Takamasa Kato, Takeo Morimoto. Assignee: Hitachi

This patent is for an information processing system that provides useful semantic information about individual organisms by utilizing differences between genomic sequences in the individuals.


US Patent 8,429,105. Concurrent two-phase completion genetic algorithm multi-processor instance system. Inventor: David Jacobson. Assignee: Not listed

US Patent 8,429,104. Concurrent two-phase completion genetic algorithm multi-processor instance system. Inventor: David Jacobson. Assignee: Not listed

These patents describe systems and methods that implement a genetic algorithm used for processing population data.


US Patent 8,428,886. Genotype calling. Inventors: Alexander Wong, Oleksiy Khomenko, Serge Saxonov, Brian Naughton, Lawrence Hon. Assignee: 23andMe

This patent describes a system for determining the genetic sequence at specific sites in the genome. According to the abstract, it uses measurements associated with the sequences along with contextual information to “compute an improved determination of the genetic sequence at the particular site on the individual's genome.”


US Patent 8,428,882. Method of processing and/or genome mapping of ditag sequences. Inventors: Kuo Ping Chiu, Yijun Ruan, Chia Lin Wei. Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology, and Research

This patent describes a method of processing and mapping ditag nucleotide sequences to genomes.


US Patent 8,423,339. Visual analysis of a protein folding process. Inventors: Laxmi Parida, Ruhong Zhou. Assignee: International Business Machines

This patent describes a system and computerized method of analyzing protein folding. Specifically, it “relates to an incremental pattern discovery method (and system) for analyzing protein folding trajectory data from simulation experiments.”


The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.