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IP Watch: Recent Patents Related to PCR, Nucleic Acid Amplification, and Sample Prep: Apr 12, 2011

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Qiagen has been awarded US Patent No. 7,922,917, "Porous ferro- or ferromagnetic glass particles for isolating molecules."

Philippe Sauer, Bernd Springer, Thomas Manz, Christoph Ritt, and Roland Fabis are named as inventors on the patent.

Describes porous ferro- or ferrimagnetic glass particles that selectively bind molecules of interest, especially nucleic acid molecules, under appropriate conditions. Also describes methods of preparing the porous ferro- or ferrimagnetic glass particles and using them to identify or separate molecules of interest. Also provides kits comprising the porous ferro- or ferrimagnetic glass particles.

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NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

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