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The blogosphere is alive with the news that a federal court has overturned a patent held by Myriad Genetics for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer genes. The company patented the genes in the 1990s and then invented a test to identify some of the mutations, according to the Los Angeles Times blog Booster Shots. "You might be asking yourself how a company could get a patent on a gene, which isn’t a man-made invention.

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The World Health Organization will be providing low-cost COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income nations, according to Reuters.

Nature News examines how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court could affect scientific agencies.

Nobel Prize-winner Arthur Ashkin, who developed optical tweezers, has died at 98, the Washington Post reports.

In PNAS this week: altered gene expression in brain samples from Alzheimer's disease patients, effects of gene mutations found in bladder cancer, and more.