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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Germany's Project DEAL has come to an agreement with the publisher Wiley over journal access and open-access publishing, ScienceInsider reports.

Researchers uncover additional loci associated with lifespan, which the Telegraph says could be folded into a genetic test.

A Canadian panel recommends public coverage of the gene therapy Kymriah if its cost comes down, the Globe and Mail reports.

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