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Quest Diagnostics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,346,485, "Methods and apparatuses for estimating initial target nucleic acid concentration in a sample by modeling background signal and cycle-dependent amplification efficiency of a polymerase chain reaction."

Telome Health said this week that it plans to launch its qPCR-based TeloTest diagnostic assay for measuring average telomere length in the first quarter of 2013.

The University of Utah has been awarded US Patent No. 8,296,074, "Melting curve analysis with exponential background subtraction."
Robert Palais and Carl Wittwer are named as inventors.

With a freshly minted US patent in hand, the University of Utah Research Foundation has made available for licensing an ultra-fast PCR microchip technology that can perform real-time melt curve analysis in less time than existing commercial thermal cyclers.

Applied Biosystems (Life Technologies) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,265,883, "Systems and methods for baseline correction using non-linear normalization."
Stephen Gunstream is named as inventor on the patent.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Utah Department of Medicine has been awarded $16 million from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to fund interdisciplinary studies that delve into the molecular and cellular causes of blood clots.

With the market for digital PCR poised for growth over the next several years, led by established life science tool vendors such as Fluidigm, Life Technologies, RainDance Technologies, and Bio-Rad, one small startup is looking to put a new spin on the technique — literally — whil

Roughly one week after a US District Court rejected the efforts of University of Massachusetts officials to have an intellectual property lawsuit filed against them dismissed, the UMass defendants have filed an appeal with a federal court to re-examine the issue.

University of Utah chemists have come up with an approach for chemically marking sites in DNA that are missing a purine or pyrimidine base so that this form of DNA damage can be detected using a protein nanopore system.

A Massachusetts District Court this week denied motions to dismiss an intellectual property-ownership lawsuit filed by the University of Utah against Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and several University of Massachusetts officials, among others, telling the defendants that they have not

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The Wall Street Journal looks into FamilyTreeDNA's handling of genetic genealogy searches by law enforcement.

In a point-counterpoint in the Boston Globe, researchers discuss the potential of gene editing to prevent Lyme disease, but also the pitfalls of doing so.

MIT's Technology Review reports that researchers hope to develop a CRISPR-based pain therapy.

In Science this week: atlas of malaria parasites' gene expression across their life cycles, and more.