By Doug Macron

The US Patent and Trademark Office may "very shortly" give notice that it plans to award the country's first patent on an application from the Tuschl-I intellectual property estate, according to court documents filed earlier this month by the Max Planck Institute and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals.

As a result, they have asked for a court order effectively stopping the issuance of the patent until an ongoing lawsuit over the IP can play out.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.

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