Qiagen has been awarded US Patent No. 7,863,050, "Methods and compositions for purification of nucleic acid from a host cell."

Michael Domanico, Matt Myers, Kristian Keane, Lisa Braun, and Thomas Kolzau are named as inventors on the patent.

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