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Derek Lowe is intrigued by NIH's latest announcement that it is beginning a preclinical drug discovery endeavor for rare diseases and says that it'll be a good learning experience for researchers to see the difficulties involved in getting a drug through the development process. He adds that the NIH, judging by its release, is clear-eyed about the process.

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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.