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Andrew Stothert is the 2016 ASBMB science policy fellow. He holds a B.S. in biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a M.S. in medical science as well as a Ph.D. in molecular medicine (with a concentration in neuroscience) from the University of South Florida.
UPDATE: Broad Institute claims victory in CRISPR intellectual property case ?>

UPDATE: Broad Institute claims victory in CRISPR intellectual property case

Previously we reported on the ongoing battle for intellectual property patent ownership of the CRISPR gene-editing technology between the University of California at Berkeley and the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. In this case, UC Berkeley challenged multiple patents filed by the Broad Institute on the grounds that they overlapped or interfered with existing patents held by UC Berkeley. On Feb 15, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office court ruled in favor of the…

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Science policy news weekly update: February 10, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: February 10, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB is now accepting applications for our annual student/postdoc Hill Day! Apply for the ASBMB student/postdoc Capitol Hill day   President Donald Trump’s travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries has sparked outrage throughout the world. What is especially concerning is the inability of people with current valid visas…

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Science policy news weekly update: February 3, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: February 3, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? One of President Donald Trump’s major campaign promises has been estimated to have a price tag of $15 billion or more. The ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, discusses the impact of that funding if instead it were invested in scientific research and public health initiatives. What $15 billion could do…

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Science policy news weekly update: January 20, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: January 20, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s director of public affairs, Ben Corb, gives a brief explanation of the ASBMB’s position regarding the use of preprints in NIH grant reviews. A brief statement regarding the use of preprints in NIH grant review The ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, announces an ASBMB webinar on National Science…

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Science policy news weekly update: January 13, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: January 13, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, discusses how science would benefit from separating federally funded research and politics. We must shield federally funded research from politics   Throughout his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump promised that his version of America would be drastically different than that of the current president’s. However,…

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Science policy news weekly update: January 6, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: January 6, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, provides an overview of feedback from the ASBMB’s PAAC regarding the National Science Foundation’s strategic plan. ASBMB’s PAAC provides feedback on the National Science Foundation’s strategic plan   President-elect Donald Trump ran his campaign on the promise of stimulating the U.S. economy. Investments in…

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Science policy news weekly update: December 23, 2016 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: December 23, 2016

  The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s policy fellow, Andrew Stothert, gives an overview of the ongoing U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hearing regarding patent ownership of the CRISPR/Cas9 system. Who owns the CRISPR gene editing-method? The ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, describes who could be the next director of the National Institutes of…

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Who owns the CRISPR gene editing method? ?>

Who owns the CRISPR gene editing method?

On December 6, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office began hearing arguments from The University of California, Berkeley and the Broad Institute, a joint collaborative effort between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, regarding the intellectual property ownership of the gene editing method known as the CRISPR/Cas system. UC Berkeley was the first to file a patent for this method, while the Broad Institute has previously won multiple awards regarding its research on this system and has filed…

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Science policy news weekly update: December 16, 2016 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: December 16, 2016

  The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s policy analyst, Andre Porter, gives a summary of President-elect Donald Trump’s choices for his Cabinet. President-elect Trump’s Cabinet picks The ASBMB’s policy fellow, Andrew Stothert, gives an overview of a piece of legislation that recently passed the U.S. Senate called The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. Legislation…

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Legislation update: The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act ?>

Legislation update: The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act

  On Saturday, the U.S. Senate passed the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. This bill authorizes programs at the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. These programs include federal science, development and STEM programs. Below is a summary of sections of note: Title I: Maximizing investments in basic research Sec. 101. Reaffirms merit-based peer review. Reaffirms that NSF’s merit-based review process for grant applications is the appropriate process…

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