The American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation are seeking a ruling from the US Supreme Court on the validity of gene patents, according to an ACLU statement. The plaintiffs are asking for redress from the high court in their case against Myriad Genetics' patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, after a federal appeals court ruled in August that those patents were valid.

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Magdalena Skipper, the incoming editor-in-chief of Nature, speaks with NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday.

Genetic genealogy has led to an arrest in another cold case, dating back to 1987.

In PLOS this week: mutation in second gene widens clinical symptoms of people with ADD3 mutations, comparative genomic analysis of Pseudovibrio, and more.

Wired reports that 23andMe is trying to bolster its outside collaborations.