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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 describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

In Science this week: genetic mutations typically associated with esophageal cancer are common in older, healthy individuals, and more.

India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

A new study links more than a hundred genes to autism spectrum disorder, Discover's D-brief blog reports.