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IP Watch: Thermo Fisher, Roche, Decode, Others Win US Patents

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Wako Pure Chemical Industries has been awarded US Patent No. 8,795,499, "Isotachophoresis of blood-derived samples."

Tatsuo Kurosawa, Mitsuo Watanabe, and Takuma Ohtsubo are named as inventors.


Analogic has been awarded US Patent No. 8,795,592, "Sample thermal cycling."

Ari Eiriksson is named as the inventor.


Stanford has been awarded US Patent No. 8,795,968, "Method to produce DNA of defined length and sequence and DNA probes produced thereby."

Michael Mindrinos, Sujatha Krishnakumar, Ronald Davis, Peidong Shen, and Curt Scharfe are named as inventors.


Life Technologies (Thermo Fisher Scientific) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,795,969, "Detection of Listeria species in food and environmental samples, methods and compositions thereof."

Olga Petrauskene, Craig Cummings, Paolo Vatta, Robert Tebbs, Priya Balachandran, Patrick Zoder, and Lily Wong are named as inventors.


Decode Genetics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,796,182, "Genetic markers associated with risk of diabetes mellitus."

Valgerdur Steinthorsdottir, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Daniel Gudbjartsson, Gisli Masson, and Augustine Kong are named as inventors.


Roche Diagnostics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,797,526, "Instrument and method for the automated thermal treatment of liquid samples."

Claudio Cherubini, Roger Iten, Emad Sarofim, and Kurt Schildknecht are named as inventors.

The Scan

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Can't Be Used

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PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.