Canon US Life Sciences has been awarded US Patent No. 8,058,054, "Systems and methods for real-time PCR."

Gregory Owen, Gregory Dale, Kenton Hasson, Shulin Zeng, Dwayne Warfield, and Sarah Warfield are named as inventors on the patent.

Provides a system and methods for the real-time amplification and analysis of a sample of DNA. According to the patent's claims, the invention comprises a microfluidic device that contains a microfluidic channel with a PCR zone and a DNA melting zone, and thus can perform real-time PCR and DNA melting analysis.

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