Rosetta Genomics said this week that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent No. 7,943,745, covering the composition of matter for human hsa-miR-497 and its variants.

The patent is not yet listed in the USPTO database.

Rosetta said that human hsa-miR-497 is an "important component" of its miRview Mets and miRview Mets2 diagnostic tests, used to identify the tissue of origin in cancers of unknown primary.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

The BabySeq project to study the risks and benefits of sequencing newborns is underway.