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Do Patents Promote or Stall Innovation?

By Catherine Offord | June 1, 2016

A petition recently filed with the Supreme Court triggers renewed debate about the role of patents in the diagnostics sector.

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Finding Mislabeled Noncoding RNAs

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2016

Researchers scour the genome for micropeptides encoded within RNAs presumed to function in a noncoding capacity.

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Questions Over C. elegans Life Span Factors

By Catherine Offord | June 1, 2016

A recent paper challenges earlier findings that germline factors expressed in normal body cells influence life span in C. elegans.

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Research at Micro- and Nanoscales

By Mary Beth Aberlin | June 1, 2016

From whole cells to genes, closer examination continues to surprise.  

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Screening with CRISPR

By Kelly Rae Chi | June 1, 2016

Ever-improving CRISPR-based tools are already ripe for large-scale genetic screens.

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Noncoding RNAs Not So Noncoding

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2016

Bits of the transcriptome once believed to function as RNA molecules are in fact translated into small proteins.

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Synthetic Biology Comes into Its Own

By Richard A. Muscat | June 1, 2016

Researchers create novel genetic circuits that give insight into, and are inspired by, nature.

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Report: Still Lots to Learn About GE Crops

By Tracy Vence | May 17, 2016

A National Academies–led analysis evaluates the impacts of genetically engineered crops—and calls for updated regulations.

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Stem Cell Rules Tackle Human Embryo Editing

By Bob Grant | May 17, 2016

A set of international stem cell guidelines recommends that oversight committees at research institutions oversee all research on embryos.

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Secret Genome Meeting

By Jef Akst | May 16, 2016

A closed-door gathering at Harvard last week hosted researchers talking about synthesizing entire genomes, including that of humans. 

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