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In the Myriad versus ACLU court case on the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene patents, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that isolated gene sequences are not products of nature, and are therefore patentable. The court also invalidated several of Myriad Genetics' method claims that describe "comparing" and "analyzing" gene sequences.

The National Human Genome Research Institute has named Paul Liu its deputy scientific director. Liu previously led the Oncogenesis and Development Section within NHGRI's Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch.

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Researchers have sequenced the northern white rhinoceros to gauge whether it could be brought back from the edge of extinction, the New York Times reports.

Bavaria expands its forensic genetic analyses to include DNA phenotyping, raising discrimination concerns.

Tufts University researchers found a role for miRNA in transmitting stress between generations, the Economist reports.

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