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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Hundreds of scientists have signed a letter criticizing the open-access Plan S, ScienceInsider reports.

NPR speaks with Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) about the US House of Representatives science committee.

A start-up company aiming to match cancer patients to treatments closes after about six weeks, Stat News reports.

In PLOS this week: somatic mutation associations unearthed in thousands of cancer exomes, pathogen detection assay, and more.