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Exact Sciences Says EU Patent Office Upholds DNA Patent

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Exact Sciences said Thursday that the European Patent Office has upheld a patent for one of its DNA technologies after another diagnostics company challenged the validity of the patent.
 
Exact Sciences did not disclose the name of the company that challenged the patent, but described the challenger as “a major diagnostics company.”

The Scan

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.