By Doug Macron

Marina Biotech and Mirina have settled their trademark dispute over the similarity of their names, with each company agreeing to drop all claims and counterclaims and bear their own attorney fees and court costs.

Specific terms of the settlement were not made public, but Marina President and CEO Michael French confirmed to Gene Silencing News that his company would continue to use its name and that “no compensation was exchanged between the parties.”

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.