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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

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.