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IP Watch: Thermo Fisher, Luminex, DuPont, Others Win US Patents

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Life Technologies (Thermo Fisher Scientific) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,845,984, "Apparatus for and method of processing biological samples."

Joseph Amshey, Daniel Bezdek, Espir Kahatt, Alexander Khorlin, Lance Parsons, Todd Peterson, Timothy Powers, Michael Thacker, Timothy Updyke, and Kornelija Zgonc are named as inventors.


Stanford has been awarded US Patent No. 8,846,314, "Isotachophoretic focusing of nucleic acids."

Robert Chambers, Juan Santiago, Alexandre Persat, Reto Schoch, and Mostafa Ronaghi are named as inventors.


Luminex has been awarded US Patent No. 8,846,317, "Systems and methods for multiplex analysis of PCR in real time."

Douglas Whitman and Charles Collins are named as inventors.


Panasonic has been awarded US Patent No. 8,846,318, "Method for identifying olfactory receptor included in one olfactory cell."

Masato Suzuki is named as the inventor.


Clondiag has been awarded US Patent No. 8,846,313, "Assays."

Katrin Steinmetzer, Eugen Ermantraut, Torsten Schulz, Thomas Kaiser, and Thomas Ullrich are named as inventors.


DuPont has been awarded US Patent No. 8,846,349, "Sequences and their use for detection and characterization of E. coli O157:H7."

Frank Burns is named as the inventor.


Focus Diagnostics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,846,391, "Methods and compositions for detecting herpes simplex virus type 2."

Xin Su, Lilly Kong, and Wayne Hogrefe are named as inventors.


Intelligent BioSystems has been awarded US Patent No. 8,846,581, "Non-emulsion methods and masked biomolecules."

Steven Gordon and Daniel Stetson are named as inventors.


Pacific Biosciences has been awarded US Patent No. 8,846,881, "Modular nucleotide compositions and uses therefor."

Jonas Korlach and Jeffrey Wegener are named as inventors.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.