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Roche Molecular Systems has been awarded US Patent No. 8,008,054, "Thermostable nucleic acid polymerase from Thermococcus gorgonarius."

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A pair of new studies is demonstrating the potential applications of genomics to help find new therapeutic applications for existing drugs.

By Justin Petrone
A new, high-density array could help Affymetrix regain momentum in the gene-expression market.

DxNA of St. George, Utah, has been awarded US Patent No. 7,993,910, "Methods and apparatus for amplification of DNA using sonic energy."
William Bickmore and Danvern Ray Roberts are named as inventors on the patent.

Roche wins multiple US patents; Life Tech, Stanford, Medical Diagnostic Labs, PositiveID, and STMicroelectronics also awarded US patents.

IP Roundup, Aug 2, 2011

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STMicroelectronics, Samsung Electronics, DermTech International, University of Maryland, Stanford University, Affymetrix

A recent workshop hosted by the Institute of Medicine highlighted the significant hurdles that sequencing technology faces as it moves into clinical practice, but also revealed a range of approaches labs could take to address these issues in the short term.

The researchers, Ron Davis and Nader Pourmand, maintain that Stanford's Office of Technology Licensing failed to protect their invention by not involving them in the licensing process, which the office did to prevent conflicts of interest.

The high court has ruled in favor of Roche, saying that just because university-based research may been funded by federal dollars it does not override more than 200 years of patent law and take away the rights to a patent from its inventor.

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The editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says other lawmakers should take Florida's approach and provide additional protections against genetic discrimination.

The Hill reports 17 states and the District of Columbia are suing over a new policy that would strip international students of their visas if they only attend classes online.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employees call on the agency to label racism a public health crisis and examine its own policies, NPR reports.

In PNAS this week: genetic evidence for Inca resettlement, analysis of spermatogonial stem cell transcriptomes, and more.