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The University of Ala­bama at Birmingham has asked that nine research papers from researcher H.M. Krishna Murthy be retracted, reports The Birmingham News. The findings of these papers — one of which appeared in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and has already been retracted — are apparently fabricated or false.

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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.