NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The Supreme Court today upheld the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals' determination in Bilski v. Kappos that certain business method patents are invalid, but rejected the lower court's determination that such patents must be tied to a machine or undergo a "transformation" in order to be patentable.

The decision ultimately upholds the patent eligibility of certain innovations not tied to a physical instrument, such as software, data-driven processes, and medical diagnostics.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

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A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

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