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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NPR reports that with medical data being big business, some companies want to get patients involved.

The Asbury Park Press reports on the startup Genomic Prediction's test to determine an embryo's risk of disease.

In PNAS this week: optical mapping allows glimpse of structural variants, disease-linked GATA2 mutations boosts its protein activity, and more.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.