By Turna Ray

Following US District Court Judge Robert Sweet's decision earlier this month to not rule from the bench as to whether Myriad Genetics' BRCA gene patents are legally and constitutionally valid, it is anyone's guess as to when the judge may issue a determination on the case. Nevertheless, some legal experts predict that the judge may be waiting to decide the American Civil Liberties Union's anti-gene patenting case in order to see how the Supreme Court handles the method claims in Bilski v. Kappos.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

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