Science policy news weekly update: February 17, 2017

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This week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office handed the Broad Institute an important victory over the University of California at Berkeley regarding patent ownership over the CRISPR gene-editing technology

UPDATE: Broad Institute claims victory in CRISPR intellectual property case

ASAPbio, a scientist-driven initiative to promote the use of preprint servers in the life sciences, issued a call for funding to build a centralized site where life science preprints can be located. The National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust and many other leading sources for biomedical research funding have announced their support of this endeavor. The idea is to create a single, one-stop shop  location where bioscience preprints are located, as opposed to the current landscape where multiple entities exist for this purpose. Using the physical science preprint repository arXiv as an example, proponents hope to persuade biologists to use a centralized system, aiming to increase ease of preprint searches for peer-review insights.

Heavyweight funders back central site for life-sciences preprints (Nature)

With the sense of uncertainty felt by many in the scientific community after the presidential election, it could be hard to optimistically look toward the future. However, with answers to important questions in areas of science, technology and engineering within reach, the next decade could help to shape the future of healthcare. Robin Corey, a biochemist and computational biophysist, sat down with Quora, an online question-and-answer platform, to predict the scientific questions he thinks will be answered by 2025.

What are the most important unanswered questions in science that are likely to be answered by 2025?

(Forbes)

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