YOU AND your company have discovered a new gene or protein and you want a patent, the question is, how far can that patent extend? Certainly you can claim the isolated gene or protein. You might even be able to claim a protein encoded by a gene. If your gene or protein can be plugged into a standard assay and you describe how to do this, some assay claims may also be possible. But, wouldn't it be great if you could also claim things discovered using that assay!

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.