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California's flurry of cease-and-desist letters to 13 genetic testing companies (including 23andMe) has whipped the blogosphere into a frenzy. As GTO noted Monday, the sticking point is that the state governs genetic tests as medical services, and requires that a doctor be involved in ordering the test and dishing out the results.

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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.