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Daniel MacArthur at Genetic Future has a post about whether there will be value in sequencing the full genome of each newborn in the next decade. "There are plenty of very rare, severe disease mutations that would be clinically useful to detect at an early stage," he writes.

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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.