Bilski v. Kappos

The higher court will consider whether two method patents held by Prometheus Laboratories claim natural phenomena and are therefore not patentable under the law.

Diagnostic developers and legal experts have been keeping a close watch on Prometheus since the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals' handling of diagnostic method patents in that case may impact the AMP v. USPTO gene-patenting lawsuit that is pending review by the same court.

Many in the genetic testing industry have viewed the Bilski decision as a harbinger of the Supreme Court's thinking for future patent cases, including the anti-gene patenting suit filed against Myriad Genetics.

The Supreme Court Justices' comments imply they are looking for a way to uphold the lower court's "machine-or-transformation" test in Bilski v. Kappos while minimizing the impact on the technology and medical device industries.

CNN reports that researchers have tied a new variant to opioid addiction risk.

Organoids derived from patients' tumors may help determine what chemotherapy treatment patients would benefit from, according to New Scientist.

An initiative from GenomeAsia 100K hopes to increase the number of South Asians in genetic research, according to NBC News.

In Science this week: genomic analysis of ancient and modern horses indicates population turnover, and more.