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Deepak Singh is pushing open science again, this time under the guise of "bursty work," the idea that valuable projects can be done in distributed teams in short, intense efforts. The Web makes it possible to share data and more easily find collaborators, but Deepak wonders whether the academic scientific community is willing to give up the reins of possessing data and authorship.

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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.