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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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Researchers in India plan to sequence SARS-CoV-2 isolates from around the country, according to LiveMint.

Mauro Ferrari has resigned as president of the European Research Council over its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Financial Times reports.

Stat News reports some health tech startups are laying off or furloughing workers.

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