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Researchers have uncovered some 58,000 types of long-noncoding RNAs that are produced made by human cells, suggesting that much of the human genome has some sort of role to play, Carl Zimmer writes at the New York Times.

He notes, though, that some researchers doubt the importance of lncRNA and argue they are just noise.

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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.