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Reacting to an appeal from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the US Patent and Trademark Office ruled this week that one of three patents covering embryonic stem cell research can stand, reports a news article at Yahoo!. Rulings on the other two are pending.

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The New York Times Magazine examines gender discrimination at the Salk Institute.

Science reports that MD Anderson Cancer Center has dismissed three researchers over foreign tie concerns.

A second death in gene therapy trial for type 1 spinal muscular atrophy is under investigation, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: antibiotic resistance patterns in Escherichia coli, a dozen genetic loci tied to varicose vein risk, and more.