Earlier this summer, the California Healthcare Institute and the Biotechnology Industry Organization each released white papers addressing the current patent law landscape and its potential impact on the biomedical industry and academic technology transfer.

Taken together, the papers underscore the growing apprehension from these sectors regarding recent proposed patent reform legislation and patent-related Supreme Court decisions in the US — as well as concerns that faster-moving industries such as information technology may be influencing patent reform too much.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

In PLOS this week: genotyping of indigenous North African goats, program to simulate evolve and resequencing studies, and more.