Benitec last week experienced another setback in its attempts to maintain its core US patent after the US Patent and Trademark Office opted not to accept the company's most recent response to the ongoing re-examination of the intellectual property.

According to Benitec, the patent office decided not to enter into the re-examination proceedings the company's proposed amendments to the patent, as well as related arguments and evidence. The expressed RNAi shop said it may appeal the decision, which it said the agency made based purely on procedural grounds.

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NPR reports that researchers in Italy are testing a gene drive aimed at controlling mosquito populations.

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