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A panel put together by Japan's health ministry is poised to release rules governing genome-edited agricultural and marine products,according to NHK World.

This, it adds, could mean that such products could be on the market in a few months. In a separate report, NHK notes that the technology could be used to develop, for instance, more prolific rice or larger red sea bream.

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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.