By Kenneth Jost. The Supreme Court is set to decide soon a case challenging a Utah company's patent on a gene that can be a marker for susceptibility to breast cancer. Women's health advocates say the patent has made it harder and more expensive for women to have genetic testing, but the biotech industry says gene-related patents provide financial incentives for research needed to advance science and medicine.
By Marcia Clemmitt. Pope Francis, the first Latin American to head the 1.l-billion member Catholic Church, faces a series of daunting challenges, including a long-running scandal over sex abuse by priests and what many observers see as the church's waning moral influence in Europe and the United States.
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