House Bill Seeks to Prohibit All New Human Genome Patenting
 
A bill introduced recently in the US House of Representatives seeks to eliminate the practice of gene patenting.  
 
The Genomic Research and Accessibility Act would add language to existing US patent legal code prohibiting the patenting of human “genetic material.” The bill, if passed, would not apply to patents previously issued. 
 

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.