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A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine led by Harvard's Mark Daly found an association between changes to chromosome 16 and autism. Using a genome-wide association study of Autism Genetic Resource Exchange families, they searched for copy-number variations and found that a de novo deletion or duplication of 593 kb on chromosome 16p11.2 conveys susceptibility to autism.

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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.