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A federal appeals court ruled against Amgen in the in re Kubin case. In 2000, the US Patent and Trademarks office rejected a patent application submitted by Immunex for the gene encoding the NAIL protein, which plays a role in immune response, because isolating the gene took "routine skill." Amgen, which bought Immunex in the interim, appealed the decision.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.