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Human Genes Not Patentable, Supreme Court Says

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that the mere act of isolating a DNA sequence does not make human genes patentable. Mary-Claire King, who helped discover the breast cancer gene at the center of the court dispute, discusses the ruling and its implications for genetics.<p>Transcript<p>IRA FLATOW, …

Video: How black holes emit x-rays

At team of astrophysicists says it has shown, for the first time, that high-energy light emission is not only possible, but inevitable when gas is …

Black Holes

What's Next For Gene Patenting?

We take a look at how yesterday's Supreme Court ruling affects risk testing for breast cancer. Plus, this isn't the last word for gene patenting.<p>The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday on a landmark genetics case, involving the company that previously offered the only test in the world for two major …

After Supreme Court ruling, don't count out gene patenting quite yet

By dividing synthetic genes from naturally occurring ones, the Supreme Court set the stage for future technologies<p>The Supreme Court's Myriad Genetics case has been argued back and forth all year, but the justices finally reached a decision this Wednesday. In the end, they came to something of a …

Corrective Running Shoes Are Based On A Myth

New research suggests that ordinary shoes work just fine for runners with under- and over-pronating feet.<p>For decades, running shoes have been manufactured in different styles to affect "pronation": rotational movement of the foot. If you tend to rotate either too far (over-pronate) or not enough …

The Week In Numbers: Saturn's Moon Hides An Ocean, New Human Body Part Discovered, And More

<b>700 miles</b>: the diameter of Dione, an icy moon of Saturn that may be home to a subterranean ocean—and "astrobiological potential"<p><b>13 million light-years</b>: the distance from Earth to this perplexing black hole, which appears to have recently gone quiet at the center of the Sculptor galaxy<p><b>1975</b>: the year …

Will The Court's Gene Ruling Stifle Bio Innovation?

<i>Weekend Edition Saturday</i> Host Scott Simon talks with bioethicist Arthur Caplan of New York University about Thursday's Supreme Court ruling that isolated human genes may not be patented — and the implications for that ruling.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm …

This is your brain on fatherhood: Dads experience hormonal changes too, research shows

The trick to fatherhood has a lot to do with the brain — and how close a dad gets to his kids. At least that's the message from a mounting pile of research into the neurological and hormonal cues that translate into fatherly nurturing. And what better time to keep that message in mind than on …

Kerry: Syria developments 'threaten to put settlement out of reach'

The American secretary of state, John Kerry, warned on Saturday that what the US believes to be Syria's use of chemical weapons against rebels and …

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