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Systems biology has a lot to offer the theory of neo-Darwinian evolution, writes Brandon Keim on Wired's blog. Here, he revisits conversations with Carl Woese, one of the first proponents of the idea that evolution is more complex than simply individual genetic changes within organisms, and that it should take into account entire biological systems. In looking beyond the unexplained jumps, Woese "invokes yet-to-be-quantified rules of complexity and emergence.

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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.