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The discussion that started with a federal court overturning two gene patents continues as the biotech industry, researchers and lawyers debate the merits of the decision, the chances of an appeal, and the future of genetic research. As the debate continues, some say it's not really a big deal, and the emerging consensus is that this ruling may actually be a good thing if it forces companies to think outside the patent box and start innovating again.

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A new Trump executive order about "free inquiry" on college campuses may threaten $35 billion-worth of federal research funding, reports Ars Technica.

As we enter conference season, Nature News asks why graduate students and postdocs are sometimes forced to choose between paying the rent and paying to attend important meetings.

A new analysis says that a 2018 study claiming to show biparental mtDNA inheritance has several flaws.

In PNAS this week: a genome sequence analysis of Crucihimalaya himalaica, multicellularity and fruiting body development in mushroom-forming fungi, and more.