Benitec and Promega said this week that they have granted Merck a non-exclusive global license to use Benitec’s DNA-directed RNAi technology in research activities.

Financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed, but Benitec said that the deal does not include downstream commercial rights for therapeutic development. “This is an important milestone,” Benitec’s chairman and CEO John McKinley said in a statement.

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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.