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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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.