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Vertex Pharmaceuticals has been awarded US Patent No. 8,679,740, "Methods for amplifying hepatitis C virus nucleic acids."

Ann Kwong, James Frantz, Douglas Bartels, Chao Lin, Benjamin Shames, Sheila Seepersaud, Judith Lippke, Tara Kieffer, Yi Zhou, Eileen Zhang, and James Sullivan are named as inventors.

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