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You won't find a GWAS here, but this New York Times piece on the "God gene" and how it evolved is bound to get conversation going about religion and science. "Religion has the hallmarks of an evolved behavior, meaning that it exists because it was favored by natural selection," writes Nick Wade.

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

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.

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.