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Mike the Mad Biologist writes that ever since he started as a biologist, he's been told that "in five years, there's going to be a massive wave a retirement of older faculty," though that never seems to occur, and that there's always been this worry that not enough Americans are going into science to fill that gap.

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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.