Takara Bio has been awarded US Patent No. 8,048,987, "Polypeptides having DNA polymerase activity."

Yoshimi Sato, Kazue Nishiwaki, Nana Shimada, Shigekazu Hokazono, Takashi Uemori, Hiroyuki Mukai, and Ikunoshin Kato are named as inventors on the patent.

Describes a polypeptide that has high-fidelity DNA polymerase activity and is thus useful as a genetic engineering reagent. The patent also describes a gene encoding this polypeptide; a method of producing the polypeptide; and a method of amplifying a nucleic acid using the polypeptide.

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