NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation have asked the US Supreme Court to take up the question of gene patenting for a second time by looking again at the patentability of Myriad Genetics' claims on genes that predict risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

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In PLOS this week: locus linked to non-syndromic hearing loss, phylogenetic relationships of Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates, and more.

In a column at Nature, researcher Fyodor Kondrashov worries about the influence of politics on Russian science.

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The NIH has issued a preliminary guidance for newborn dried blood spot research.