Gen-Probe has been awarded US Patent No. 8,153,772, "Oligonucleotide probes and primers comprising universal bases for diagnostic purposes."

Bob Brown and Timothy Riley are named as inventors on the patent.

Relates to novel oligonucleotides comprising universal and generic bases for use as primers and probes, as well as methods of using said oligonucleotides to diagnose disease.

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