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IP Watch: Qiagen, Illumina, Canon, Others Win US Patents

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The Regents of the University of California have been awarded US Patent No. 8,778,608, "CA9 gene single nucleotide polymorphisms predict prognosis and treatment response of metastatic renal cell carcinoma."

Arie Belldegrun and Allan Pantuck are named as inventors.


Good Start Genetics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,778,609, "Methods for analyzing nucleic acids."

Mark Umbarger is named as the inventor.


Rubicon Genomics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,778,610, "Methods for preparing amplifiable DNA molecules."

Vladimir Makarov, Emmanuel Kamberov, and Brendan Tarrier are named as inventors.


Canon US Life Sciences has been awarded US Patent No. 8,778,637, "Method and apparatus for applying continuous flow and uniform temperature to generate thermal melting curves in a microfluidic device."

Ivor Knight and Deborah Boyles are named as inventors.


Lawrence Livermore National Security has been awarded US Patent No. 8,778,663, "Thermal cycler."

William Benett, John Andreski, John Dzenitis, Anthony Makarewicz, Dean Hadley, and Satinderpall Pannu are named as inventors.


Qiagen has been awarded US Patent No. 8,778,842, "Sample lysis and coating of reaction surface."

Ralf Himmelreich, Roland Fabis, Christoph Erbacher, Sabine Werner, and Bernd Springer are named as inventors.


Illumina has been awarded US Patent No. 8,778,848, "Patterned flow-cells useful for nucleic acid analysis."

Shengrong Lin, Yir-Shyuan Wu, Kevin Gunderson, and John Moon are named as inventors.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.