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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A researcher at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to use a mouse model to study genetic mutations that may be involved in the origin and growth of melanoma.

University of Utah Health Sciences said on Monday that Matt VanBrocklin, an associate professor in the university's Department of Surgery, will use the award to investigate the role of the c-KIT gene in melanoma, and in particular a type of melanoma caused by chronic sun damage.

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Australia will not be regulating gene editing of plants, animals, and human cell lines as long as no new genetic material is incorporated, reports Nature News.

The Washington Post reports that the US Department of Agriculture told its researchers to label peer-reviewed articles as "preliminary" work.

Researchers have sequenced the genomes of both the coast redwood and the giant sequoia, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

In PNAS this week: study of epigenetic patterns in mammalian eggs, clonal expansion patterns in CD8+ T cells, and more.