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This editorial from the LA Times updates readers on the ACLU v. Myriad gene patent lawsuit, for which arguments are scheduled to begin next week. "At stake is whether any human gene or test based on it can be covered by a patent," the editorial says, going on to support the ACLU side of the debate.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be requiring its researchers to publish their work so it is immediately accessible to the public, ScienceInsider writes.

The Huffington Post reports that Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has urged Americans to recommit to reason.

About 150 million rapid coronavirus tests purchased by the US federal government are to be distributed to nursing homes, colleges, and the states, according to the New York Times.

In Nature this week: multi-omic analysis of Alzheimer's disease brain samples, de novo assembly of a diploid potato, and more.