In an amicus brief filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding the ACLU-Myriad gene patenting case, James Watson argues that genes should not be patented. (Duke University's Center for Public Genomics has posted the brief here.) Watson writes that genes are a product of nature and encode "vital information" that directs whether a person is male or female, or blonde or brunette.

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NPR reports that researchers in Italy are testing a gene drive aimed at controlling mosquito populations.

Researchers may experience the effects of the government shutdown for a while, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A new study finds that the majority of patients at a Tijuana clinic received a diagnosis after first-line genome sequencing, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

In Genome Biology this week: post-transcriptional modification-based stratification of glioblastoma, single-cell analysis of gene expression and methylation in human iPSCs, and more.