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New York Times delves into the touchy topic that's been on everyone's mind in the last several months -- that is, whether the science stimulus package represented a wise use of government funds. "Experts are divided about whether projects [from stimulus funds] are compatible with the intent of Congress to create jobs as fast as possible," the story says.

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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.