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IP Roundup: Nikon, Nugen, Columbia U, Affymetix, CustomArray Win US Patents

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Nikon Research Corporation of America has been awarded US Patent No. 8,852,858, "Methods and devices for hybridization and binding assays using thermophoresis."

Michael Sogard is named as the inventor.


NuGen Technologies has been awarded US Patent No. 8,852,867, "Nucleic acid amplification procedure using RNA and DNA composite primers."

Nurith Kurn and Shenglong Wang are named as inventors.


Columbia University has been awarded US Patent No. 8,853,134, "Microarrays of binary nucleic acid probes for detecting nucleic acid analytes."

Dmitry Kolpashchikov is named as the inventor.


Affymetrix has been awarded US Patent No. 8,855,939, "System, method, and computer product for exon array analysis."

Alan Williams, Charles Sugnet, and James Gorrell are named as inventors.


CustomArray has been awarded US Patent No. 8,855,955, "Process and apparatus for measuring binding events on a microarray of electrodes."

Kia Peyvan, Michael Bizak, Colin Campbell, and Rand Lee are named as inventors.

The Scan

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For Martian Fuel

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To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.