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Craig Venter is the wave of the future, says Salon. Groundbreaking scientists have moved from being gentlemen-scientists (Charles Darwin) to professors (James Watson) and now to intellectual entrepreneurs (Venter). In Venter's case, though, Salon points out that it was a turbulent ride from surfer to Vietnam medic to the NIH and beyond.

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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.