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IP Roundup, Jun 21, 2011

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California Institute of Technology of Pasadena, Calif., has received US Patent No. 7,964,139, "Microfluidic rotary flow reactor matrix." The patent describes a microfluidic device that contains a matrix of rotary flow reactors. The inventors claim that the chip reduces labor relative to conventional fluid handling techniques by using an order of magnitude fewer pipetting steps, and reduces cost by consuming two to three orders of magnitude less reagent per reaction. A PCR format has immediate applications in medical diagnosis and gene testing.

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The Associated Press reports that a state board in Texas has asked ANDE, a maker of rapid DNA machines, to halt its work there.

James Wyngaarden, the former director of the US National Institutes of Health, has died at 94, according to Duke University School of Medicine.

Researchers find that a 30-year-old skull comes from a narwhal-beluga hybrid, according to Science News.

In Nature this week: study of value diversity in GWAS, Epstein-Barr virus subtypes linked to nasopharyngeal carcinoma risk, and more.