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IP Roundup: NabSys, IMDx, Affymetrix, and Illumina Win US Patents


NabSys has been awarded US Patent No. 8,882,980, "Use of longitudinally displaced nanoscale electrodes for voltage sensing of biomolecules and other analytes in fluidic channels."

Xinsheng Ling, Barrett Bready, John Oliver, Maryam Jouzi, and Leo Petrossian are named as the inventors.

Intelligent Medical Devices (IMDx) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,883,417, "Clinically intelligent diagnostic methods utilizing micromixers disposed in wells."

Alice Jacobs, Boris Nikolic, and Vineet Gupta are named as the inventors.

Affymetrix has been awarded US Patent No. 8,883,691, "Encoded microparticles."

Randall True is named as the inventor.

Illumina has been awarded US Patent No. 8,884,211, "Confocal imaging methods and apparatus."

Wenyi Feng, Theofilos Kotseroglou, Mark Wang, Alexander Triener, Diping Che, and Robert Kain are named as the inventors.

Illumina has also been awarded US Patent No. 8,883,424, "Use of microfluidic systems in the detection of target analytes using microsphere arrays."

Mark Chee, Todd Dickinson, Kevin Gunderson, and Don O'Neil are named as the inventors.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.