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IP Watch: Dana-Farber, Roche, Canon, Qiagen, Win US Patents

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The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has been awarded US Patent No. 8,623,603, "Full cold-PCR enrichment with reference blocking sequence."

Gerassimos Makrigiorgos is named as the inventor.


Roche Diagnostics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,623,602, "Lysis and reverse transcription for mRNA quantification."

Michael Kubista, Linda Stroembom, and Neven Zoric are named as inventors.


Canon has been awarded US Patent No. 8,623,637, "Nucleic acid amplification apparatus and thermal cycler."

Ikumasa Ikeda is named as the inventor.


Qiagen has been awarded US Patent No. 8,624,020, "Method for isolating and purifying nucleic acids."

Ralf Himmelreich and Sabine Werner are named as inventors.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.