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IP Watch: Epigenomics, New England Biolabs, Life Tech, Others Win US Patents

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The University of Houston has been awarded US Patent No. 8,753,496, "Method for monitored separation and collection of biological materials."

George Jackson, Richard Willson, and George Fox are named as inventors.


Epigenomics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,753,810, "Method for the carry-over protection in DNA amplification systems targeting methylation analysis achieved by a modified pre-treatment of nucleic acids."

Reimo Tetzner and Dimo Dietrich are named as inventors.


Stanford has been awarded US Patent No. 8,753,812, "Charge perturbation detection method for DNA and other molecules."

Nader Pourmand, Miloslav Karhanek, and Ronald Davis are named as inventors.


Rutgers has been awarded US Patent No. 8,753,819, "Assays for resistance to echinocandin-class drugs."

David Perlin, Steven Park, Cameron Douglas, Jennifer Kahn, Stephen Parent, and Rosemarie Kelly are named as inventors.


Life Technologies (Thermo Fisher Scientific) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,753,845, "Thermostable reverse transcriptases and uses thereof."

Gulshan Dhariwal, Gary Gerard, Jun Lee, Robert Potter, Kim Rosenthal, and Michael Smith are named as inventors.


New England Biolabs has been awarded US Patent No. 8,753,847, "Selection and enrichment of proteins using in vitro compartmentalization."

Yu Zheng and Richard Roberts are named as inventors.


The Invention Science Fund I has been awarded US Patent No. 8,754,055, "Methods, compositions, and kits for collecting and detecting oligonucleotides."

Paul Allen, Edward Boyden, Roderick Hyde, Muriel Ishikawa, Stephen Malaska, Dennis Rivet, Leif Stordal, and Lowell Wood, Jr. are named as inventors.


Olympus has been awarded US Patent No. 8,754,204, "Method for preparing stool sample, solution for preparing stool sample, and kit for collecting stool."

Yasuo Tanigami and Tomonori Nagaoka are named as inventors.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.