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In June, the US patent office launched a pilot program called "Peer to Patent" that lends an open-source approach to patent-granting, reports Nature. The pilot program is focusing on information technology for now, but may soon expand to include biotechnology patent applications.

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Forbes reports that a structural biology lab at Oxford University studying the coronavirus was hacked.

Politico reports that the NYPD DNA database has grown since it announced it would be removing profiles from it.

Science reports that a Dutch research funding agency is combating a ransomware attack.

In Science this week: set of 64 haplotype assemblies from 32 individuals, and more.