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Jorge Cham's well-read cartoon strip Piled Higher and Deeper is in production as a movie, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. The comic strip, which Cham began while in school, follows the lives of a handful of graduate students. Cham spoke with Hollywood agents but decided to collaborate with the Caltech community instead to produce and act in the film, casting real-life student to play the comic strip ones.

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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.