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IP Roundup: Affymetrix, Nabsys, Ohio State U, Fujirebio Win US Patents

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Affymetrix has been awarded US Patent No. 8,859,196, "Antireflective coatings for high-resolution photolithographic synthesis of DNA arrays."

Mark Trulson, Glenn McGall, Bei-Shen Sywe, Lisa Kajisa, Dana Truong, Richard Rava, and Martin Goldberg are named as the inventors.


Nabsys has been awarded US Patent No. 8,859,201, "Methods for sequencing a biomolecule by detecting relative positions of hybridized probes."

Peter Goldstein is named as the inventor.


Ohio State University has been awarded US Patent No. 8,859,202, "Breast cancer biomarker signatures for invasiveness and prognosis."

Carlo Croce and Stefano Volinia are named as the inventors.


Fujirebio Europe has been awarded US Patent No. 8,859,203, "Method for typing and detecting [hepatitis B virus]."

Lieven Stuyver, Rudi Rossau, and Geert Maertens are named as the inventors.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.