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In an advance, online publication of Nucleic Acids Research this week, an international research team describes a novel role for miR-382, which they've uncovered using miRNA-target pairs in human renal epithelial cells treated with transforming growth factor β1. "Knockdown of miR-382, which was upregulated by TGFβ1, attenuated TGFβ1-induced loss of the epithelial marker E-cadherin," while "knockdown of miR-382 attenuated TGFβ1-induced downregulation of SOD2," the authors write.

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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.