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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health today announced the US Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for the CII-ArboViroPlex rRT-PCR test for the simultaneous detection of the Zika virus, along with other similar Flaviviruses.

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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.