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Myriad CEO Peter Meldrum wrote into the New York Times in a June 20 letter, to highlight that while the Supreme Court invalidated the company's patent claims of isolated gene sequences, the court upheld several claims on synthetic DNA. In addition, he underscores the importance of diagnostic method patents.

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In Science this week: swapping yeast genes with human orthologs to study conservation of function, and more.

Hong Kong is using DNA phenotyping to shame litterers.

A study appearing in Cell suggests some metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer patients could benefit from PARP inhibitor therapy.

NIH's Francis Collins writes that scientific advances are poised to help populations all over the world, but more scientists are needed to keep the momentum.