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An expert panel is encouraging President-elect Barack Obama to change or even get rid of many current regulations on high-tech exports and immigration by foreign scientists and engineers, says a story in the New York Times. The report, issued by the National Academy of Sciences, says current policy is outdated and hurts both the economy and national security. "The U.S. cannot protect U.S. jobs by denying access to foreign professionals," the panel said.

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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.