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David Koepsell at IPWatchdog argues that genes should not be patentable. In this post, and in his new book, Who Owns You, he says that "gene patents violate the patent law because what they claim as patentable is a part of nature, and thus neither new nor non-obvious" and that awarding patents on "non-new discoveries" does not encourage innovation but rather stifles it. Koepsell goes on to add that he views genes as "common" or something that cannot be owned.

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.