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Stephen Colbert's April 15 interview with Kevin Noonan, makes a pretty good case for gene patenting, says Patent Docs' Donald Zuhn, who works with Noonan. Noonan has been defending Myriad's right to the breast cancer gene patent that was ruled invalid in March.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.