Australian government

Testing for Free

Australia makes genetic testing for women with family history of breast or ovarian cancer freely available, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Beef producers in Australia are fighting a bovine genome patent awarded to US companies, the ABC reports.

Australia may take on its own project to sequence 100,000 genomes, according to the PHG Foundation.

Boom, Ideas

Under a new scheme, the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation is to receive $166 million.

Neuroscientist Alan Finkel is to be Australia's next chief scientist, ScienceInsider reports.

The Australian High Court rules that isolated genetic material cannot be patented.

The new Australian prime minister has appointed Christopher Pyne as science minister, according to ScienceInsider.

A decision is expected soon in Australia's gene patenting court case.

The Australian government plans to award the funding to one team for research that will help clinicians use genomics to manage diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

In deciding to surrender a key patent to the Australian government, it seems Myriad may be preparing to sacrifice a small slice of its IP holdings in a secondary market in an effort to avoid any erosion of its position in the landmark US case challenging seven of its BRCA gene patents.


The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.