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Science Insider reports on the "long-awaited review of the scientific evidence relating to the investigation of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks" now that FBI has agreed to let the National Academy of Sciences study the "scientific techniques used ... in solving the case." The article notes that FBI has been pushed to reveal this kind of information since Bruce Ivins, the researcher FBI said was guilty of the anthrax crimes, committed suicide last summer.

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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.