With recent court rulings in the US against Prometheus Laboratories and Myriad Genetics, rules issued by the Patent and Trademark Office say that for an invention to be patentable it has to be "significantly different" from natural products.
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In Genome Research this week: vervet genome, tandem repeats affect gene expression in great apes, and more.
Wired's Sarah Zhang writes that the fight over who developed the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing tool first underscores the history of parallel discoveries in science.
Recent research indicates that the benefit of having a number of scientists all living and working in a certain area is eroding.
Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich, and Aziz Sancar share this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their studies of DNA repair mechanisms.