While the US Supreme Court struck down Myriad Genetics' BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene patents in June, the University of California, San Francisco's Robert Nussbaum writes at Technology Review that monopolies on genetic data are still possible.

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In Nature this week: omic analysis of permafrost microbes, hookworm genome, and more.

Biologists turn to environmental DNA sampling to determine whether elusive or invasive species are shedding DNA in a given area.

Rob Knight writes at Scientific American that microbiome studies are about to break out of the laboratory.

Harold Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, has announced that he is stepping down after nearly five years.