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At Science Progress, Timothy Caulfield discusses whether gene patents hurt research. He says that his studies "revealed lots of researcher concern about gene patents, but little evidence that they are actually having a detrimental impact on the research environment." Still, Caulfield calls for better, more robust studies of the benefits and harms of patents on research.

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Nature News reports that researchers in Japan hope to soon test the use of reprogrammed stem cells to treat damaged corneas.

A new approach may help limit the number of fish that are mislabeled at markets or restaurants, according to New Scientist.

At Slate, the R Street Institute's Nila Bala discusses the privacy rights of suspects that genetic genealogy approaches in law enforcement bring up.

In PNAS this week: numerous mobile genetic elements contribute to Vibrio cholerae drug resistance, troponin I mutations in sudden infant deaths, and more.