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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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

In PLOS this week: genotyping of indigenous North African goats, program to simulate evolve and resequencing studies, and more.