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Chris Mooney writes that the shortage of US scientists is a fallacy. In this Science Progress post, he takes a look at the numbers. The National Science Foundation's latest stats say that 29,854 science and engineering PhDs were produced in 2006 and that was the fourth year in a row that that number had increased. Instead, he says, the US is lagging in the rate of increase in the number of doctorates awarded in the sciences, as compared to China.

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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.