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IP Update: Recent Patents Awarded to MIT, Applied Biosystems, and More

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Title: System for Targeted Delivery of Therapeutic Agents

Patent Number: 8,709,483

Filed: Sept. 26, 2008

Lead Inventor: Omid Farokhzad, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Title: Treatment of Influenza

Patent Number: 8,710,024

Filed: May 11, 2012

Lead Inventor: Misako Nakazawa, Kyorin Pharmaceutical


Title: miR-204, miR-211, and Their Anti-miRs, and Therapeutic Uses of the Same

Patent Number: 8,710,026

Filed: May 16, 2013

Lead Inventor: Sheldon Miller, US Department of Health and Human Services


Title: Method to Quantify siRNAs, miRNAs, and Polymorphic miRNAs

Patent Number: 8,710,208

Filed: April 26, 2012

Lead Inventor: Ruoying Tan, Applied Biosystems

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Purnell Choppin Dies

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The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.