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Oxford Nanopore had challenged the validity of the patent, EP3045542, which relates to DNA sample preparation for PacBio's circular consensus sequencing.

The patent claims strategies for identifying optimal breeding combinations of crop plants or cattle within a breeding population.

The Broad Institute also announced announced a setback in proceedings over a CRISPR patent application filed in Europe.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Benitec Biopharma this week announced that it is appealing the European Patent Office's recent revocation of a patent covering the company's core expressed RNAi technology, which had been successfully challenged by biotech firm Galapagos and agro-chemical giant BASF.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Benitec Biopharma last week announced that the European Patent Office has upheld its previous decision to revoke one of the company's core patents based on opposition filed by biotech firm Galapagos and chemical giant BASF.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals this week announced that the European Patent Office has upheld a company patent related to chemically modified siRNAs and their ability to downregulate target genes via RNAi.

Marina Biotech this week said that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued a notice of allowance for three of the company's patent applications related to its delivery technologies.

Rosetta Genomics this week announced that it has received a patent allowance from the European Patent Office for claims related to the use of microRNA-34a for the treatment of p53-negative cancers.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Dutch agricultural genetics firm KeyGene today said that its patent pertaining to plant breeding has been upheld in Europe.

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Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.