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Sequencing Cancer

Dan Koboldt blogs about WashU's recent kickoff party for its Cancer Genomics Initiative. The center's goal is to sequence 150 cancer genomes in one year. They'll be looking at AML some more — they published on AML genomes in Nature last fall and this month in the New England Journal of Medicine — as well as breast cancer, lung cancer, glioblastoma multiforme, and ovarian cancer.

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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.