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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.

The Scan

UK Funds to Stay Ahead of Variants

The UK has announced a further £29.3 million to stay on top of SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Guardian reports.

Push for Access

In a letter, researchers in India seek easier access to COVID-19 data, Science reports.

Not as Cold

Late-stage trial results are expected soon for an RNA-based vaccine that could help meet global demand as it does not require very cold storage, the New York Times writes.

Genome Research Papers on Microbes' Effects on Host Transfer RNA, Honeybee Evolution, Single-Cell Histones

In Genome Research this week: influence of microbes on transfer RNA patterns, evolutionary relationships of honeybees, and more.