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Ah, the Irony

In light of President-elect Barack Obama's support for stem cell research, many hope to see federal restrictions on human embryo research relaxed once he hits office, including overturning federal funding limits. However, inertia might be in the limiting factor as to how fast this will happen. "To make stem-cell science take off, it needs something equivalent to Nixon's war on cancer," says the University of Wisconsin's James Thomson in a story in the Wall Street Journal.

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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.