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The Boston Globe has an op-ed piece from John Maraganore, CEO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. He argues that "pending decisions by the Supreme Court, the patent office, and Congress could fundamentally change the ground rules for patent protection within the life sciences industry to such a degree that in a decade we may not have an industry remaining."

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Bioethicists disagree with a research team's decision to allow the return of risk results for adult-onset conditions from a newborn sequencing project, according to Reuters.

Alterations to particular gene may enable the Quechua of Peru to better tolerate high-altitude life, Ars Technica reports.

Nature News reports that additional South Korean researchers have included the names of children on scientific papers when they did not contribute to the work.

In PLOS this week: statistical approach to prioritize rare variant searches, gene expression alterations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and more.