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Over at Buried Treasure, Lars Juhl Jensen has a post evaluating scientific conferences that take place in virtual worlds such as Second Life. Jensen says his initial impression was that Second Life was "rather useless" -- over time, though, his view of its potential has grown more optimistic. There are still a number of technical challenges preventing this from becoming a really useful tool, he says.

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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.