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IP Watch: Roche, Sequenom, Illumina, 3M, Others Win US Patents

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Roche has been awarded US Patent No. 8,652,811, "Dry composition of reaction compounds with stabilized polymerase."

Thomas Metzler, Tobias Haslinger, Annette Peceny, and Harald Sobek are named as inventors.

Roche has also been awarded US Patent No. 8,652,775, "Alkyl amines improve detection of components of formaldehyde-fixed biological samples."

Stephen Will, Veeraiah Bodepudi, Ellen Fiss, and Rachel Shahinian are named as inventors.


Sequenom has been awarded US Patent No. 8,652,780, "Restriction endonuclease enhanced polymorphic sequence detection."

Mathias Ehrich and Dirk Van den Boom are named as inventors.


Genisphere has been awarded US Patent No. 8,653,251, "Methods and kits for nucleic acid amplification."

Robert Getts, James Kadushin, and Kelly Sensinger are named as inventors.


3M Innovative Properties has been awarded US Patent No. 8,652,812, "Dual oligonucleotide method of nucleic acid detection."

Jesse Miller is named as the inventor.


Illumina has been awarded US Patent No. 8,652,810, "Methods of nucleic acid amplification and sequencing."

Celine Adessi, Eric Kawashima, Pascal Mayer, Jean-Jacques Mermod, and Gerardo Turcatti are named as inventors.


Longhorn Vaccines & Diagnostics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,652,782, "Compositions and methods for detecting, identifying and quantitating mycobacterial-specific nucleic acids."

Gerald Fischer and Luke Daum 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.