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FDA has approved Novartis' Ilaris to treat a rare, genetic autoinflammatory disease, reports the Wall Street Journal. The paper's Health Blog adds that Ilaris is an example of that prized goal, personalized medicine. "It's also the first concrete result of Novartis's seven-year effort to target the genetic causes of disease.

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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.