Decisions, Decisions

In a unanimous decision yesterday, the US Supreme Court ruled in the Association for Molecular Pathology et al. v. Myriad Genetics case that human genes are not patent-eligible, though it also said that cDNA is eligible to be patented as it is not naturally occurring. The case centered on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer genes.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

The BabySeq project to study the risks and benefits of sequencing newborns is underway.