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Safety rules lag behind the reality of biotech labs, says the New York Times. The current Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules were written with handling chemical materials in mind, not genetic, infectious, or even synthetic biological materials. The Times cites three recent cases of people in the lab falling ill due to their work: a Department of Agriculture scientist lapsed into a coma after being infected by the E.

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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.