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The report, which takes a look at patent issues as it relates to confirmatory genetic tests, acknowledged that federal legislation has dramatically changed the landscape in recent years.

Piece of the Patents

Researchers report in PLOS One on their examination of the percentage of women represented on patent filings.

Title: Methods and Means for Producing Efficient Silencing Construct Using Recombinatorial Cloning
Patent Number: 8,877,435

Title: Construction of Protein-responsive shRNA/RNAi Control System Using RNP Motif
Patent Number: 8,871,437

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Patent and Trademark Office appeals board has invalidated certain claims on a patent held by Illumina that is the subject of an infringement lawsuit by the company against Qiagen's Intelligent Bio-Systems.

Title: RNA Interference-mediating Small RNA Molecules
Patent Number: 8,853,384
Filed: Dec. 2, 2009

Title: Treatment of Cancer by Inhibition of IGFBPs and Clusterin
Patent Number: 8,835,401
Filed: May 29, 2013

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – While industry observers might disagree about whether GeneDx's decision to apply for inter partes review (IPR) of 11 patents held by Myriad Genetics will work in its favor, they generally concur that it is a quicker and less costly strategy than litigation.

This article has been updated to include a statement from Myriad Genetics.

Title: RNA Interference Modulators of Hedgehog Signaling and Uses Thereof
Patent Number: 8,802,639
Filed: March 24, 2005

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The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.

Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.

In PNAS this week: copy number changes arose during polar bear evolution, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the Siberian hamster, and more.