The UK's Guardian reports that "the European Patent Office has refused a patent covering the use of human embryonic stem cells on the grounds that it would be contrary to 'public order or morality.'" Referring to it as a "landmark ruling," the article goes on to say that if the patent had been granted, observers feared it would thwart companies engaged in developing hESC-based technologies.

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Magdalena Skipper, the incoming editor-in-chief of Nature, speaks with NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday.

Genetic genealogy has led to an arrest in another cold case, dating back to 1987.

Wired reports that 23andMe is trying to bolster its outside collaborations.

In PLOS this week: mutation in second gene widens clinical symptoms of people with ADD3 mutations, comparative genomic analysis of Pseudovibrio, and more.