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


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

Nucleotide Base Detected on Near-Earth Asteroid

Among other intriguing compounds, researchers find the nucleotide uracil, a component of RNA sequences, in samples collected from the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, as they report in Nature Communications.

Clinical Trial Participants, Investigators Point to Importance of Clinical Trial Results Reporting in Canadian Study

Public reporting on clinical trial results is crucial, according to qualitative interviews with clinical trial participants, investigators, and organizers from three provinces appearing in BMJ Open.

Old Order Amish Analysis Highlights Autozygosity, Potential Ties to Blood Measures

Researchers in BMC Genomics see larger and more frequent runs-of-homozygosity in Old Order Amish participants, though only regional autozygosity coincided with two blood-based measures.

Suicidal Ideation-Linked Loci Identified Using Million Veteran Program Data

Researchers in PLOS Genetics identify risk variants within and across ancestry groups with a genome-wide association study involving veterans with or without a history of suicidal ideation.