Section: Other Grants and Activities
A patent entitled “A method for measuring the biological diversity of a sample” has been licensed by INRA. The inventors are B. Haegeman (INRIA, 40%), J. Hamelin (INRA, 30%), J.-J. Godon (INRA, 20%), J. Harmand (INRA, 5%) and P ; Loisel (INRA, 5%). The abstact says that this invention concerns a computer-implemented method for estimating diversity in a sample, which can apply to any sample, and in particular to a sample whom species distribution is unknown. The method of the invention comprises steps essentially involving two components, (a) a migration of a sample comprising molecules on a surface area, whereby molecules migrate on a surface area according to their nucleotide or amino-acid sequence and (b) method steps for the diversity measurement, which are preferably performed through the working of one or several computer program(s).