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The Supreme Court says that it'll look into Bilski v. Doll, says Science Insider. Bernard Bilski and Rand Warsaw's patent application for a business model was rejected -- the model was for "hedging bets in the commodities market" -- because the invention wasn't concrete enough.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.