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IP Watch: Qiagen, Quest, Thermo Fisher, Others Win US Patents


Philips has been awarded US Patent No. 8,815,162, "Microelectronic sensor device for DNA detection."

Erik Vossenaar, Marc Ponjee, Hendrik Stapert, and Mark Johnson are named as inventors.

Ibis Biosciences has been awarded US Patent No. 8,815,513, "Method for rapid detection and identification of bioagents in epidemiological and forensic investigations."

David Ecker, Richard Griffey, Rangarajan Sampath, Steven Hofstadler, John McNeil, Stanley Crooke, and James Hannis are named as inventors.

Co-Diagnostics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,815,514, "Detection primers for nucleic acid extension or amplification reactions."

Brent Satterfield and Rebecca Garcia are named as inventors.

The University of Utah has been awarded US Patent No. 8,815,515, "Methods, compositions, and kits for rare allele detection."

Luming Zhou is named as the inventor.

Quest Diagnostics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,815,516, "Methods for detecting gene dysregulation by intragenic differential expression."

Heather Sanders, Maher Albitar, and Aurelia Meloni-Ehrig are named as inventors.

Applied Biosystems (Thermo Fisher Scientific) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,815,546, "Methods for multiplexing amplification reactions."

John Gerdes, Elaine Best, and Jeffrey Marmaro are named as inventors.

The University of California has been awarded US Patent No. 8,815,547, "Molecular method for universal detection of citrus viroids."

Georgios Vidalakis and Jinbo Wang are named as inventors.

Biological Dynamics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,815,555, "Nucleic acid sample preparation."

Rajaram Krishnan, David Charlot, Eugene Tu, James McCanna, Lucas Kumosa, Paul Swanson, Robert Turner, Kai Yang, Irina Dobrovolskaya, and David Liu are named as inventors.

Qiagen has been awarded US Patent No. 8,816,063, "Nucleic acid purification method."

Jan Petzel, Holger Wedler, and Roland Fabis are named as inventors.

PhyNexus has been awarded US Patent No. 8,816,064, "Purification of nucleic acids."

Chris Suh, Lee Hoang, and Douglas Gjerde are named as inventors.

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Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.