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IP Watch: Illumina, Abbott, Roche, Rheonix, Firefly, Others Win US Patents


Lawrence Livermore National Security and The University of California have been awarded US Patent No. 8,610,032, "Laser heating of aqueous samples on a micro-optical-electro-mechanical system."

Neil Beer and Ian Kennedy are named as inventors.

Ibis Biosciences (Abbott Laboratories) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,609,430, "Sample processing units, systems, and related methods."

Steven Hofstadler, Jared Drader, Jose Gutierrez, Paul Gleason, Rex Bare, Robert Miller, and Jeffrey Smith are named as inventors.

Illumina has been awarded US Patent No. 8,609,341, "Uniform fragmentation of DNA using binding proteins."

Frank Steemers and Jonathan Boutell are named as inventors.

Roche has been awarded US Patent No. 8,609,340, "Control nucleic acids for multiple parameters."

Meike Eickhoff, Ellen Fiss, Joachim Glaubitz, Niclas Hitziger, Stephen Will, and Dirk Zimmermann are named as inventors.

454 Life Sciences (Roche) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,609,339, "System and method for emulsion breaking and recovery of biological elements."

Yue Suo is named as the inventor.

Firefly BioWorks has been awarded US Patent No. 8,609,337, "Nucleic acid detection and quantification by post-hybridization labeling and universal encoding."

Daniel Pregibon, Isaac Stoner, Andreas Windemuth, and Timothy Erps are named as inventors.

Rheonix has been awarded US Patent No. 8,609,039, "Microfluidic systems and control methods."

Peng Zhou and Lincoln Young are named as inventors.

The University of British Columbia has been awarded US Patent No. 8,608,929, "Apparatus and methods for concentrating and separating particles such as molecules."

Andrea Marziali and David Broemeling are named as inventors.

The Scan

International Team Proposes Checklist for Returning Genomic Research Results

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics present a checklist to guide the return of genomic research results to study participants.

Study Presents New Insights Into How Cancer Cells Overcome Telomere Shortening

Researchers report in Nucleic Acids Research that ATRX-deficient cancer cells have increased activity of the alternative lengthening of telomeres pathway.

Researchers Link Telomere Length With Alzheimer's Disease

Within UK Biobank participants, longer leukocyte telomere length is associated with a reduced risk of dementia, according to a new study in PLOS One.

Nucleotide Base Detected on Near-Earth Asteroid

Among other intriguing compounds, researchers find the nucleotide uracil, a component of RNA sequences, in samples collected from the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, as they report in Nature Communications.