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IP Watch: Bio-Rad, Qiagen, Hologic, Others Win US Patents


Bio-Rad has been awarded US Patent No. 8,784,753, "Thermal cycler with self-adjusting lid."

Jeffry Ceremony, Daniel Chu, Deepak Doshi, Rhoel Rumbaoa, Dennis Loring, Paul Patt, and Cliff Baldwin are named as inventors.

Qiagen has been awarded US Patent No. 8,785,120, "Method for the treatment of a sample containing biomolecules."

Christian Korfhage, Friederike Wilmer, Dirk Loffert, Ralf Himmelreich, Claudia Fritz, and Kathleen Rieske are named as inventors.

Gen-Probe (Hologic) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,785,125, "Compositions, reaction mixtures and methods for detecting nucleic acids from type A1 and/or type C1 human papillomavirus."

Sylvia Norman, Jennifer Bungo, William Hanna, and Neeraj Rao are named as inventors.

Applied Biosystems (Thermo Fisher Scientific) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,785,126, "Methods for the reduction of stutter in microsatellite amplification."

Sulekha Coticone and William Bloch are named as inventors.

Bio-Id Diagnostic has been awarded US Patent No. 8,785,130, "Use of markers including nucleotide sequence based codes to monitor methods of detection and identification of genetic material."

Thuraiayah Vinayagamoorthy is named as the inventor.

Abbott Laboratories has been awarded US Patent No. 8,785,131, "Prognostic test for early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)."

Larry Morrison and John Coon are named as inventors.

Defence Research & Development Organisation has been awarded US Patent No. 8,785,133, "Oligonucleotides and process for detection of swine flu virus."

Manmohan Parida, Jyoti Shukla, Santhosh Sannarangiah, Sashi Sharma, Venkata Rao, and Rajagopalan Vijayaraghavan are named as inventors.

The US Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded US Patent No. 8,785,414, "Differentially expressed microRNAs as biomarkers for the diagnosis and treatment of Sjogren's syndrome."

Ilias Alevizos and Gabor Illei are named as inventors.

The Johns Hopkins University has been awarded US Patent No. 8,785,614, "Aberrantly methylated genes in pancreatic cancer."

Michael Goggins and Norihiro Sato are named as inventors.

The Scan

ChatGPT Does As Well As Humans Answering Genetics Questions, Study Finds

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics had ChatGPT answer genetics-related questions, finding it was about 68 percent accurate, but sometimes gave different answers to the same question.

Sequencing Analysis Examines Gene Regulatory Networks of Honeybee Soldier, Forager Brains

Researchers in Nature Ecology & Evolution find gene regulatory network differences between soldiers and foragers, suggesting bees can take on either role.

Analysis of Ashkenazi Jewish Cohort Uncovers New Genetic Loci Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

The study in Alzheimer's & Dementia highlighted known genes, but also novel ones with biological ties to Alzheimer's disease.

Tara Pacific Expedition Project Team Finds High Diversity Within Coral Reef Microbiome

In papers appearing in Nature Communications and elsewhere, the team reports on findings from the two-year excursion examining coral reefs.