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Francis Collins is "the leading candidate" for the top National Institutes of Health post, according to Bloomberg News. Citing a source familiar with the selection process, the article adds that the screening process is in its final stages. Former NIH director Elias Zerhouni says that Collins has "done things many scientists wish they could do once in their lifetime, and he's done it repeatedly."

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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.