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IP Update: SmartGene, IBM, SoftGenetics among Recent Bioinformatics Patent Winners

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US Patent 8,275,557. Computer-implemented method and computer-based system for validating DNA sequencing data. Inventor: Stefan Emler. Assignee: SmartGene

Describes a computerized method of validating DNA fragments using reference sequences.


US Patent 8,275,555. Method and system for comparative genomics. Inventors: Gad Landau, Laxmi Priya Parida, Oren Weimann. Assignee: International Business Machines

Describes a method and system for comparing genomic data that involves “providing a PQ tree that represents gene clusters that are common to at least two genomes.”


US Patent 8,271,427. Computer database system for single molecule data management and analysis. Inventors: David Charles Schwartz, Christopher Churas, Galex Yen. Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Describes a database system for storing, processing, displaying, and analyzing single molecule data that can manage and process different formats and kinds of data and display it upon request.


US Patent 8,271,206. DNA sequence assembly methods of short reads. Inventors: Jonathan Changsheng, Yiqiong Wu, Kevin Jay LeVan. Assignee: SoftGenetics

Describes a computerized method for automatically assembling short DNA fragments into larger ones.


US Patent 8,271,203. Methods and systems for sequence-based design of multiple reaction monitoring transitions and experiments. Inventors: Christie Hunter, Alpesh Patel. Assignee: DH Technologies Development

Describes computer-implemented methods for designing selective- and multiple-reaction monitoring experiments for identifying proteins and peptides of interest.


The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people 65 and older or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.