Supreme Showdown

The US Supreme Court is gearing up to hear arguments in the Myriad Genetics gene patenting case on Monday. The Myriad patents cover the isolated BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which increase the risk of breast, ovarian, and other cancers, while critics say isolated DNA is a product of nature and, therefore, is not patentable. The implications of a decision in The Association for Molecular Pathology v.

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John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.