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Scientists Battle In Court Over Lucrative Patents For Gene-Editing Tool

A gene-editing technology called CRISPR-cas9 could be a gold mine for its inventors, but it's not clear who owns the idea. U.S. patent judges will soon hear oral arguments to decide the issue.

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Video Calls Replace In-Person Visits In Some Jails

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A Spanish Village Stays Afloat, Thanks To Corona Beer Tycoon

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Despite Its Promise, The Internet Of Things Remains Vulnerable

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that considers the influences of race and politics in redistricting on Monday. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Emmanuelle Charpentier (left) and Jennifer Doudna have a case for being the inventors of CRISPR-cas9, a transformative tool for gene editing. Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Battle In Court Over Lucrative Patents For Gene-Editing Tool

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