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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

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.