SCOTUS hands key gene patent case back to appeals court; Constellation gets new CEO; Chocolate tips scales in favor of healthy adults;

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> A key legal fight over the right to patent genes is going back to an appeals court. The Supreme Court wants the judges in the case to consider its recent ruling prohibiting patents on diagnostic tests built on simple applications of the law of nature. Story

> Constellation Pharmaceuticals named Keith E. Dionne as its new CEO, replacing Mark A. Goldsmith, who will continue as executive chairman. Dr. Goldsmith is returning to the West Coast, where he will join Third Rock Ventures as a venture partner in the firm's San Francisco office. Release

> Regulators in the EU have agreed to consider Arena Pharmaceuticals' ($ARNA) application for the obesity drug lorcaserin. Story

> Dynavax Technologies announced final data from a pivotal Phase III trial in patients with chronic kidney disease "demonstrating early seroprotection and the durability of the immune response to HEPLISAV compared to Engerix-B." Release

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And Finally... A new study concludes that people who combine moderate amounts of chocolate with a healthy diet and exercise weigh less than those who shun the sweet treat. Report

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