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Jay Flatley, the CEO of Illumina, told the UK's Times that by 2019, the genome sequencing of newborns will be routine and that in three to four years a genome sequence should be available for less than $1,000. "The limitations are sociological; when and where people think it can be applied, the concerns people have about misinformation and the background ethics questions," Flatley says.

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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.