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The ruling is the latest decision in the fight between the Broad and the University of California for control over the bulk of the IP rights to CRISPR-Cas9.

The company's CRISPR-chrom technology fuses chromatin-modulating peptides to CRISPR nucleases, essentially moving chromatin out of the way for more efficient editing.

The EPO rejected arguments that were filed in opposition to the patent, which covers the use of CRISPR-Cas9 in cellular and non-cellular settings.

The European Patent Office appeals board upheld the decision made by the EPO after its initial review in 2018.

Gene Patents, Again

A US Senate panel is considering legislation that would expand the array of subject matter that is eligible to be patented.

A draft bill provides for a major expansion of eligible material, a move the ACLU and AMP said threatens to reduce competition in genetic testing.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

The firm's CEO Kevin Ness said confirmation of MAD7's editing activity in human HEK293T cells shows the potential for Inscripta's technology.

A new analysis finds that one company filed most of the patents on genes from deep-sea organisms, the Independent reports.

A lawyer and a scientist say the best result in the CRISPR patent fight would be narrow patents that prevent anyone from controlling downstream innovation.

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Reuters reports that Germany is seeking to sequence 5 percent of patient samples that test positive for SARS-CoV-2.

23andMe and Medscape say primary care physicians are increasingly more comfortable with discussing direct-to-consumer genetic testing results.

The publisher of the Science family of journals will allow some authors to place peer-reviewed versions of their papers into publicly accessible repositories.

In Science this week: analysis of genome-wide association studies of chronic kidney disease, and more.