CRISPR Fight Flares

The University of California has asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to determine who was the first to invent the CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing tool, reports Antonio Regalado at MIT's Technology Review. He adds that the outcome of this decision could have billion-dollar repercussions.

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