The U.S. Supreme Court restricted the ability of companies to patent human genetic sequences, issuing a mixed ruling in a case that raised questions about thousands of biotechnology, agricultural and drug patents.
President Barack Obama said he wants mental health issues elevated to a national discussion as he convened a conference today that follows up on last December’s shootings at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 20 children and six educators.
Ela Darling quit her job as a reference librarian south of Boston three years ago for a fresh start in Los Angeles starring in such movies as “Lesbian Slumber Party.” Her new career, she says, is under threat from the California legislature, which soon may require pornographic actors to wear condoms and other protective gear.
In taking steps to reward high-quality health care and penalize waste, the Affordable Care Act has opened a new door for technological entrepreneurship in medicine. A new monitor that automatically reminds doctors to wash their hands before entering patients’ hospital rooms, for example, could lower the abysmal rate of hospital-acquired infections in the U.S.