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A Tech Review blog post discusses the work of Richard Lifton, who studies human outliers, so-called "extreme phenotypes" -- including a man with extremely high bone density. Lifton found a link to bone density with a mutation in the LDL-related receptor protein 5 gene and, now, a drug targeting part of that molecular pathway is in clinical testing to treat osteoporosis.

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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.