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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Genome Canada, and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions are funding an 18-month, C$600,000 ($594,000) initiative to map the Listeria genome, in an effort to enable the development of rapid detection methods, Food Safety News reports. "Currently, it takes at least five days to confirm the presence of Listeria," Food Safety News adds.

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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.