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As blogger Michael Barton enters the last year of his PhD, he is thinking philosophically about his future. He dwells mainly on the meaning of hard work and its eventual path to disillusionment, whether he will be eating frozen dinners alone or will have no career prospects because he has a life outside the lab, and the dismal financial prospects of being a researcher. Like a true scientist, he graphs it all out. See the figures here.

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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.