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Is Judge Robert Sweet's decision to overturn Myriad's BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene patents the end of gene patenting as we know it? Genomics Law Report's John Conley and Dan Vorhaus broke down the case and its implications in their blog, saying it is an important decision, but it is equally important not to overstate things.

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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

Nature News writes that scientists are trying to figure out how to name the new strains of SARS-CoV-2 that are emerging.

The New York Times reports that researchers are studying identical twins who had COVID-19 to understand the influence of genetics on disease severity.

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