The year’s most inspirational science stories: Myriad genetics ruling, CRISPR and brain funding

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    The Supreme Court decided to invalidate patents on human genes in June 2013. (Douglas C. Pizac/AP Images)

    The Supreme Court decided to invalidate patents on human genes in June 2013. (Douglas C. Pizac/AP Images)

    Kerry Grens, an associate editor at The Scientist, joins The Pulse regularly for updates on the latest developments in science.

    This week, she talks to Maiken Scott about the stories that inspired her the most in 2013.  The first involves the Supreme Court decision to invalidate patents on human genes.  The second is a genetic technique called CRISPR which allows scientists to go into the genome to chop, edit or re-write a gene to correct a genetic mutation that’s causing a disease.  Her third pick involved funding from the Obama Administration for neurobiology, or the so-called brain initiative. 

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