The US patenting system’s practice of assigning patents to single genes and the industry’s focus on exclusive licenses to genetic discoveries may hamper the ability of personal genomics firms to conduct multiplex testing and to eventually migrate toward using whole-genome sequencing, according to preliminary findings from a Health and Human Services advisory committee.
 

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.