Patent reform legislation is moving forward in Congress after judiciary committees for both the US House of Representatives and the Senate last week passed parallel versions of patent reform bills.
 
Early in the week, the House judiciary committee endorsed HR 1908, the Patent Reform Act of 2007, after amending several aspects of the bill that have drawn criticism from the university tech-transfer and biotechnology communities, but keeping several others.
 

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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.