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The method permits the detection of mRNA transcripts of interest for more than 6,000 single cells in parallel per assay with high sensitivity and specificity; and has a variety of applications, including detecting replicating intracellular pathogens such as retroviruses.

Foundation Medicine has raised $25 million in Series A financing that it will use to "broadly analyze the relevant tumor genomic and other molecular information in individual patients' cancers and connect it with a knowledgebase of clinical data to help oncologists personalize treatment."

As part of its request for dismissal, MIT admitted no wrongdoing, but agreed to be bound by any court ruling against the case's other defendants, the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Using a synthetic gene expression system in yeast, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers demonstrated that promoter noise and transcription factor instability can prompt bimodal gene expression.

Using a morphological classifier and computational method for integrating this data with information from an RNA interference screen, a group of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University delved into genetic interactions affecting the Rho signaling pathway in Drosophila.

The matter is of particular importance since UMass is the only one of the four organizations to which the IP is assigned to have licensed it to companies other than Alnylam.

Although the suit was first filed last summer, the courtroom showdown had been brewing for years.

The suit, filed by Alnylam and Max Planck against the University of Massachusetts, MIT, and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, is set to go to trial Feb. 22.

IP Roundup: Dec 22, 2009


Biocortech, Samsung Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Agilent Technologies, Population Genetics Technologies, Life Technologies, Abbott Laboratories, Roche NimbleGen

The schools will study 14 plants to discover how genes affect their ability to produce compounds that are, or may be, used in drugs.


A study of families explores how children transmit SARS-CoV-2, according to the Associated Press.

US Agricultural Research Service scientists have sequenced the genome of the Asian giant hornet.

According to the Economist, pooled testing for COVID-19 could help alleviate strains on testing labs.

In Science this week: MIT researchers outline approach dubbed translatable components regression to predict treatment response among IBD patients.