The roughly year-old licensing dispute between Dharmacon and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been settled out of court, the companies said last week.

Although Dharmacon and MIT had been slated to go to trial in February, an out-of-court settlement conference with a so-called "alternative dispute resolution provider" led to each party agreeing to drop all charges against the other while bearing its own costs, according to documents filed with the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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While gene therapies may have high price tags, they could be cheaper than the cost of managing disease, according to MIT's Technology Review.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

In Nature this week: paternal age associated with de novo mutations in children, and more.

Nature News writes that researchers are still wrangling over the role of the p-value.