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IP Watch: Shimadzu, Qiagen, Sequenom, Others Win US Patents

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HandyLab has been awarded US Patent No. 8,852,862, "Method for processing polynucleotide-containing samples."

Betty Wu, John Althaus, Nikhil Phadke, Sundaresh Brahmasandra, Kalyan Handique, Aaron Kehrer, Gene Parunak, Cecelia Haley, and Ted Springer are named as inventors.


Qiagen has been awarded US Patent No. 8,852,863, "Detection of multiple nucleic acid sequences in a reaction cartridge."

Thomas Rothmann, Holger Engel, Ralf Himmelreich, Andy Wende, and Rainer Dahlke are named as inventors.


Sequenom has been awarded US Patent No. 8,852,864, "Methods and compositions for the analysis of nucleic acids."

Charles Cantor is named as the inventor.


Nugen Technologies has been awarded US Patent No. 8,852,867, "Nucleic acid amplification procedure using RNA and DNA composite primers."

Nurith Kurn and Shenglong Wang are named as inventors.


Shimadzu has been awarded US Patent No. 8,852,868, "Method for real-time nucleic acid amplification by droplet manipulation."

Tetsuo Ohashi and Masayuki Watanabe are named as inventors.


Physicians Choice Laboratory Services has been awarded US Patent No. 8,852,893, "Detection of nucleic acids and proteins."

Anthony Shuber is named as the inventor.


3M Innovative Properties has been awarded US Patent No. 8,852,894, "Luminescence detection method."

Neil Percy and Gregory Sitton are named as inventors.


Rheonix has been awarded US Patent No. 8,852,919, "Microfluidic apparatus, method, and applications."

Peng Zhou is named as the inventor.


Bioneer has been awarded US Patent No. 8,852,920, "Micro-chamber plate, manufacturing method thereof."

Han Oh Park and Gu-Young Song are named as inventors.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.