NEW YORK (GenomeWeb Daily News) – The US Patent and Trademark Office said yesterday that Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director David Kappos has signed a final rule rescinding highly controversial regulations that were enacted by the USPTO under the Bush administration and were viewed by many in the biotech industry as hindering their ability to protect IP.

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In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture in Brazilians, characterization of novel double-stranded RNA mycovirus, and more.

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