Control over intellectual property and protection against potential patent litigation are the key reasons behind Sigma-Aldrich's decision this week to license Benitec's RNAi patent portfolio and buy a stake in the company, according to a Sigma-Aldrich executive.

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New results from the NASA Twins Study indicate that the immune system may rev up when in space, the Washington Post reports.

Kelvin Droegemeier, the new science advisor, spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, Geekwire reports.

In PNAS this week: whole-genome assembly for the white shark, paper-based microfluidic method for detecting the malaria parasite, and more.

The World Health Organization has announced the members of its gene-editing committee, according to NPR.