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IP Update: Microsoft, MathWorks, among Recent Bioinformatics Patent Winners

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US Patent 8,521,441. Method and computer product for reducing flurophore-specific bias. Inventors: Roland Stoughton, Hongyue Dai. Assignee: Microsoft

Describes a computer-based method for using data from repeated experiments to "generate a confidence value for each data point, increase sensitivity, and eliminate systematic experimental bias."


US Patent 8,521,438. Computer-implemented cellular modeling parallel pathways. Inventors: Patrick Edson, Ricardo Paxson. Assignee: The MathWorks

This patent is for a computerized method of generating cellular models.


US Patent 8,515,680. Analysis of transcriptomic data using similarity based modeling. Inventors: Robert Pipke, Jack Mott. Assignee: Venture Gain

This patent describes a model-based approach for analyzing genomic, proteomic, and transcriptomic data for use in diagnostics, prognostics and biomarker discovery.


US Patent 8,494,783. Method and apparatus for storing and processing molecular information. Inventor: Hikaru Samukawa. Assignee: International Business Machines

This patent describes a method and apparatus for storing and processing molecular structures.

The Scan

Review of Approval Process

Stat News reports the Department for Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General is to investigate FDA's approval of Biogen's Alzheimer's disease drug.

Not Quite Right

A new analysis has found hundreds of studies with incorrect nucleotide sequences reported in their methods, according to Nature News.

CRISPR and mRNA Together

Time magazine reports on the use of mRNA to deliver CRISPR machinery.

Nature Papers Present Smartphone Platform for DNA Diagnosis of Malaria, Mouse Lines for Epigenomic Editing

In Nature this week: a low-cost tool to detect infectious diseases like malaria, and more.