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The company is currently collaborating with Ian Lipkin's lab at Columbia University to co-develop a set of MassTag PCR panels for infectious disease screening that it plans to commercialize some time in the next year.

IP Roundup: Dec 1, 2009

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SRU Biosystems, California Institute of Technology, Intelligent Medical Devices, Columbia University, Tufts University, Edelmira Cabezas, University of Washington, Illumina, Stanford University, Agilent Technologies

A new study of mitochondrial DNA from humpback whales in the Southern Hemisphere is offering clues about population structures and relationships for whales in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

The method can quickly and inexpensively detect up to 30 pathogens from individual microbial and viral gene sequences.

The project will sequence H1N1 virus specimens for treatment and prevention knowledge.

The study concluded that a commons system, in which no patent protection is available, may yield more innovation, productivity, and benefit to society than current systems that combine patenting and open-source innovation.

A team of researchers from the USDA's Agricultural Research Service and elsewhere have sequenced and analyzed the draft genome of a honey bee parasite called Nosema ceranae.

Warren Bruggeman, Thomas Herzog, Lee Potts, Corey Goodman, Gregory Webb, Stephen Sands, Maggie Dias, Santiago Galvez, Elizabeth Goodman, Claudia Hillinger, Thad Seymour, Randy Scott, John Spencer, Thomas Stevens, Jim Talton, Daniel Wahby, Stephanie Warrington, Claudia Zylberberg

Columbia University Science and Technology Ventures has outlicensed a pair of medical devices developed by physician researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center.

Snippets: Apr 8, 2009

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Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Prostate Cancer Foundation, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, and more …

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Gene editing could be an issue competitive sports need to address soon, four researchers from Arizona State University write at Slate.

A genetic alteration appears to increase heart failure risk among people of African descent, according to the Washington Post.

In his look back at the past decade, BuzzFeed News' Peter Aldhous writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing has led to "Facebook for genes."

In Nature this week: genetic "clock" that can predict the lifespans of vertebrates, new assembler called wtdbg2, and more.