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Now that Pfizer's acquisition of Wyeth is complete, the cuts are coming -- this week, the pharma announced that it would shut down six of its 20 research facilities (with some question marks hanging over others). "Pfizer didn't say how many R&D jobs it would cut or how much it hoped to save from the shutdowns," according to this news analysis story from the Wall Street Journal.

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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.