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The father of medical genetics, Victor McKusick, died at his home in Towson, Md., on Tuesday. McKusick spent his career at Johns Hopkins University, where he established its medical genetics division and studied the links between genetics and disease, especially Marfan syndrome, dwarfism, and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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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.