The Bayh-Dole Act, enacted in 1980, gives NIH certain "march-in" rights to compel drug patent-holders to grant licenses to other manufacturers under certain circumstances. Recently, three Fabry disease patients have been petitioning NIH to exercise its Bayh-Dole march-in rights to demand that Genzyme allow other firms to make Fabrazyme — currently the only effective treatment for the disease — after contamination problems interrupted production at Genzyme's only manufacturing facility in 2009, which caused a shortage of the drug.

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York University researchers find genomic evidence of inbreeding in the yellow-banded bumblebee, according to Reuters.

In its survey of US adults, the Pew Research Center finds that views on the genetic engineering of animals depend on why it's done.

The Scientist reports agricultural researchers are working on a gene-stacking tool.

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