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The US Supreme Court upheld the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the Bilski v. Kappos case, saying that certain business method patents are invalid. However, the court rejected the finding that such patents must be tied to a machine or undergo a "transformation" in order to be patentable. This upholds the patent eligibility of innovations such as software, data-driven processes, and medical diagnostics.

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Pacific Biosciences is hosting a competition in which researchers are vying to win free sequencing for an organism with the most interesting genome.

An opinion piece appearing in Newsday likens familial DNA searches to stop-and-frisk policies.

The San people of Africa have drawn up a code of conduct for researchers, according to the Conversation.

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