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The US Senate has passed a bill that would make "several significant changes" to US patent law, says Patent Docs' Kevin Noonan. The bill, if it passes the House, would change the US patent system so that it resembles Europe's. The main change would be from the current "first to invent" standard to a "first inventor to file" standard.

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A 50-year-old cold case was cracked using genetic genealogy, the New York Times reports.

NPR reports that some insect pests are now becoming resistant to Bt crops.

Science reports the US Food and Drug Administration did not consult an outside panel in its approval of remdesivir as a COVID-19 treatment.

In Nature this week: a framework for future human genomic research, PORE-cupine approach to study RNA structure using nanopore sequencing, and more.