The federal appeals court that handles patent cases has dealt a blow to universities hoping to patent basic research undertaken by their academics, according to a story in The Chronicle of Higher Education. And the court, says The Chronicle's Goldie Blumenstyk, knew exactly what it was doing.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.