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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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The FDA and CDC call for a pause in administering Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine while reports of rare blood clots are looked into, reports the Wall Street Journal.

According to the Associated Press, a Swiss program aims to shepherd long-term science projects and diplomacy.

CNN reports that two new studies suggest the B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2 variant may be more transmissible, but may not lead to more severe disease.

In PNAS this week: analysis of pathway affecting acute kidney injury, parental-specific allelic expression in horse placenta, and more.