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Subra Suresh is the White House's choice to succeed Arden Bement as the director of the National Science Foundation, reports ScienceInsider. Suresh is currently the dean of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studies nanomaterials, particularly their mechanical properties.

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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.