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IP Watch: Hologic, 454 Life Sciences, Others Win US Patents

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US Patent No. 8,790,899, "Real-time PCR assays for rapid detection and differentiation of the Clostridium botulinum toxin genes A, B, E, and F" has been awarded to an unspecified assignee.

Richard Robison, David Pickett, and Ben Satterfield are named as inventors.


454 Life Sciences (Roche) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,790,876, "Methods of amplifying and sequencing nucleic acids."

John Leamon, Kenton Lohman, Jonathan Rothberg, and Michael Weiner are named as inventors.


Gen-Probe (Hologic) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,790,879, "Probes for detecting the presence of Trichomonas vaginalis in a sample."

Damon Getman and Barbara Weinbaum are named as inventors.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

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.