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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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.