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This year may have been the CRISPR's breakout year as a technology, but the patent dispute over who owns the intellectual property for the tool is only getting underway. According to Jacob Sherkow at Stanford's Law and Biosciences Blog, a patent examiner has issued an Initial Interference Memo, paving the way for an interference proceeding.

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Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.