NEW YORK, July 8 - In his opening address Monday to the XIX International Congress of Genetics in Melbourne, Australia, NHGRI director Francis Collins reportedly attacked an Australian firm that patented non-coding DNA.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.