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IP Watch: Abbott, Hologic, Qiagen, Others Win US Patents

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Qiagen has been awarded US Patent No. 8,883,412, "Size standards for use in nucleic acid analysis."

Valerie Tucker, Pieris Koumi, Andrew Hopwood, and Keith Elliot are named as inventors.


Icon Genetics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,883,420, "Process of clean cloning."

Sylvestre Marillonnet, Stefan Werner, Carola Engler, Romy Kandzia, Frank Thieme, and Ernst Weber are named as inventors.


New England Biolabs has been awarded US Patent No. 8,883,421, "Method for reducing adapter-dimer formation."

Larry McReynolds and Daniela Munafo are named as inventors.


T2 Biosystems has been awarded US Patent No. 8,883,423, "NMR systems and methods for the rapid detection of analytes."

Lori Neely is named as the inventor.


Agilent has been awarded US Patent No. 8,883,454, "DNA polymerase fusions and uses thereof."

Michael Borns is named as the inventor.


Gen-Probe (Hologic) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,883,455, "Method for detecting the presence of a nucleic acid in a sample."

Kelly Ammann, Ralph Burns, Ernest Hansberry, Glenn Horner, Cheryl Jakub, John Kling, Donald Nieglos, Robert Schneider, and Robert Smith are named as inventors.


New England Biolabs has been awarded US Patent No. 8,883,474, "Solubilized phospholipids for stabilizing nucleic acid polymerases."

Donald Johnson and Thomas Evans are named as inventors.


Abbott has been awarded US Patent No. 8,883,487, "Molecular diagnostics system and methods."

Gordon Collier, John Wood, Jason MacLeod, William Dicke, Attila Nemeth, and Cary Miller 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.