By Monica Heger

As Sequenom gears up for the launch of its sequencing-based trisomy 21 diagnostic by early next year, it remains confident in its intellectual property and its likelihood of gaining reimbursement for the test.

Sequenom officials said that a patent the company holds for prenatal diagnosis via maternal blood will prevent competitors from launching similar tests unless they license the technology or come to some other agreement with the company.

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In a survey, about half of Canadian government scientists say they still feel as though they cannot speak freely, ScienceInsider reports.

The Atlantic reports that biohacker Josiah Zayner regrets injecting himself with the CRISPR gene-editing tool on stage.

Clinicians in China are moving ahead with a number of CRISPR trials, NPR reports, as the US embarks on its first.

In Nature this week: genomic approaches applied to study Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans, and more.