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IP Watch: DuPont, Ibis Biosciences, Hitachi, Others Win US Patents

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Du Pont has been awarded US Patent No. 8,802,371, "Sequences and their use for detection and characterization of STEC bacteria."

Stephen Varkey, Daniel DeMarco, and Mark Jensen are named as inventors.


Ibis Biosciences has been awarded US Patent No. 8,802,372, "Methods for rapid forensic analysis of mitochondrial DNA and characterization of mitochondrial DNA heteroplasmy."

David Ecker, Richard Griffey, Rangarajan Sampath, Steven Hofstadler, John McNeil, Stanley Crooke, Lawrence Blyn, Thomas Hall, Yun Jiang, James Hannis, Neill White, Vivek Samant, Mark Eshoo, and Jared Drader are named as inventors.


Cornell University has been awarded US Patent No. 8,802,373, "Detection of nucleic acid sequence differences using coupled ligase detection and polymerase chain reactions."

Francis Barany, Matthew Lubin, George Barany, Robert Hammer, and Phillip Belgrader are named as inventors.


Hitachi has been awarded US Patent No. 8,802,367, "Methods for quantitative cDNA analysis in a single-cell."

Kiyomi Taniguchi, Hideki Kambara, and Tomoharu Kajiyama are named as inventors.


Rosetta Genomics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,802,599, "Gene expression signature for classification of tissue of origin of tumor samples."

Ranit Aharonov, Nitzan Rosenfeld, and Shai Rosenwald are named as inventors.


The US Department of Veterans Affairs, University of California, Cornell University, and FIOCRUZ have been awarded US Patent No. 8,802,835, "Proteins with repetitive bacterial-Ig-like (Big) domains present in leptospira species."

Albert Ko, Mitermayer Reis, Julio Croda, Isadora Siqueira, David Haake, James Matsunaga, Lee Riley, Michele Barocchi, and Tracy Young are named as inventors.

The Scan

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In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.