Judge Robert Sweet's decision at the end of March to invalidate Myriad Genetics' patents on BRCA1 and BRCA2 has paved the way for intense discussions on the effect of gene patenting.

In his decision, Sweet found that isolated DNA is not able to be patented and that claiming that DNA is different when it's inside versus outside the body is a "lawyer's trick." Sweet concluded that "the patents at issue directed to 'isolated DNA' containing sequences found in nature are deemed upatentable subject matter."

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A new study in JAMA finds that genetic tests might not be able to determine what diet is right for someone seeking to lose weight.

A genome-wide association study that linked common genetic variants to salivary gland carcinoma risk has been retracted, according to Retraction Watch.

Vampire bats' ability to live off blood is etched in their genomes and gut microbiomes, the Scientist reports.

In Genome Biology this week: peopling of the Sahara, epigenetic reprogramming analysis of liverwort, and more.