IP Watch: Hologic, Roche, Qiagen, Life Tech, Alere, Genaphora, Others Win US Patents | GenomeWeb

Universal Bio Research has been awarded US Patent No. D684,273, "Reaction vessel for amplifying nucleic acid."

Hideji Tajima is named as the inventor.

Claims an ornamental design for a reaction vessel for amplifying nucleic acid.

Gen-Probe (Hologic) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,461,324, "Compositions and methods for detection of hepatitis A virus nucleic acid."

James Carlson and Steven Brentano are named as inventors.

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Pacific Biosciences is hosting a competition in which researchers are vying to win free sequencing for an organism with the most interesting genome.

An opinion piece appearing in Newsday likens familial DNA searches to stop-and-frisk policies.

The San people of Africa have drawn up a code of conduct for researchers, according to the Conversation.

In Nature this week: genotypes linked to hip osteoarthritis, and more.