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We went to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to get the lowdown on the CRISPR gene-editing patent dispute. Read C&EN’s coverage here:

CRISPR/Cas9 is making gene-editing cheaper and easier than ever before, but the creators are embroiled in a fierce dispute over who holds the patents to CRISPR technology. In this episode, after hearing attorneys duke it out, Ryan Cross explains how the kerfuffle developed, and what the possible outcomes of the impending decision mean.

If this episode makes you crazy for more CRISPR, check out these great resources.

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The unsung heroes of CRISPR | Nature

One of our reporters tried to do CRISPR. He failed miserably. | Science

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