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As part of its plan to promote its anti-cholesterol drug Vytorin, Merck and Schering-Plough paid 16 physicians, 14 of whom hold academic appointments, more than $450,000 for consulting and giving talks, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. In this article, the Chronicle lists the physicians and the money they received.

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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.