Roche has been awarded US Patent No. 8,071,338, "Suppression of amplification using an oligonucleotide and a polymerase significantly lacking 5'-to-3' nuclease activity."

Nicolas Newton is named as the inventor on the patent.

Provides methods and compositions for amplifying a target sequence by suppressing amplification of related sequences.

Roche has also been awarded US Patent No. 8,071,303, "Reagents and methods for detecting Neisseria gonorrhoeae."

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