A return trip to the Supreme Court Back in 2009, the ACLU led a collection of patients, researchers, and other interested groups in a suit that targeted Myriad's patents on the BRCA genes. The US Patent and Trademark Office has been granting patents on genes, including human genes, for years. The Myriad patents, however, provided a chance for a clear test of this. The company threatened to sue others for infringements of its patents, and a number of parties could viably claim they were harmed by Myriad's monopoly. … [Read more...] about Supreme Court blocks patenting of genomic DNA (Updated)
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As for audio quality, the new headphones contain custom-tuned 40mm dynamic drivers that Marshall claims will deliver "bright and crisp highs, punchy mids, and deep bass". Hopefully these cans improve upon the Marshall Major II Voice, which, despite offering a balanced soundstage, weren't the most agile or exciting headphones we've listened with. … [Read more...] about Marshall squares up to Sony WH-1000XM3 with rocking noise-cancelling headphones
Somehow, the precursors of life harnessed carbon dioxide and hydrogen available in those primitive conditions to create the building blocks of life, such as amino acids and nucleotides (building blocks of DNA). But those chemical reactions require a power source, said study co-author Nick Lane, a researcher at the University College London. … [Read more...] about Origin of Life: Did a Simple Pump Drive Process?
The Rise of In-App Purchases and Free to Play Much of the rise in freemium apps can be attributed to in-app purchases. Every mobile app in the Play and App Stores has the option to sell additional features. Most apps that utilize ads have an in-app purchase that allows you to remove ads entirely. … [Read more...] about What Are “Freemium” Apps, and How Do They Work?
"Tampering in such a manner in the affairs of other countries is a breach of international law and is an affront of the principles that must guide the relations among them, especially among friendly nations,” Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. “A sovereign nation can never establish itself to the detriment of another sovereign nation. The right to safety of citizens of one country can never be guaranteed by violating the fundamental human rights of citizens of another country." … [Read more...] about How much influence can the UN have over online spying?