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A member of the US House of Representatives, Darren Issa (R–CA), sponsored an amendment to the bill that funds National Institutes of Health that strips it of the grant money going to study sex workers and drug abusers and the spread of HIV/AIDS, reports Science Insider. Three grants in particular -- a study of Thai prostitutes, another of Chinese sex workers, and one on Russian alcoholics -- were targeted.

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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.