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After a two-year review, the National Academy of Sciences is set to release a report this month on the state of forensic science in the US -- and it's not looking good. The New York Times says people call the report a "sweeping critique of many forensic methods that the police and prosecutors rely on." Those methods include the analysis of bite marks, blood spatter, hair, and handwriting as well as fingerprinting and firearms identifications.

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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.