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IP Update: IBM, Trigeminal Solutions, Hitachi among Recent Bioinformatics Patent Winners

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Title: Method for reconstructing evolutionary data

US Patent Number: 8,645,074

Assignee: International Business Machines

Inventor: Laxmi Parida


Title: Technique for identifying association variables

US Patent Number: 8,639,446

Assignee: Trigeminal Solutions

Inventor: Steven Stupp


Title: Information processing system using nucleotide sequence-related information

US Patent Number: 8,639,451

Assignee: Hitachi

Inventors: Takamasa Katoh, Takeo Morimoto


Title: Identification of related residues in biomolecular sequences by multiple sequence alignment and phylogenetic analysis

US Patent Number: 8,639,445

Assignee: Microsoft

Inventor: Stuart Ozer


Title: Methods for identifying drug targets based on genomic sequence data

US Patent Number: 8,635,031

Assignee: The Regents of the University of California

Inventor: Bernhard Palsson


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Researchers Develop Polygenic Risk Scores for Dozens of Disease-Related Exposures

With genetic data from two large population cohorts and summary statistics from prior genome-wide association studies, researchers came up with 27 exposure polygenic risk scores in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

US Survey Data Suggests Ancestry Testing Leads Way in Awareness, Use of Genetic Testing Awareness

Although roughly three-quarters of surveyed individuals in a Genetics in Medicine study reported awareness of genetic testing, use of such tests was lower and varied with income, ancestry, and disease history.

Coral Genome Leads to Alternative Amino Acid Pathway Found in Other Non-Model Animals

An alternative cysteine biosynthesis pathway unearthed in the Acropora loripes genome subsequently turned up in sequences from non-mammalian, -nematode, or -arthropod animals, researchers report in Science Advances.

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.