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The New Yeast

New York University's Jef Boeke and his colleagues are working on re-writing the yeast genome, the Associated Press reports.

Boeke and his colleagues are re-working the yeast genome to not only get a better grasp of the structure and function of a genome, but also to be able to begin to modify it to be better able to produce pharmaceuticals or biofuels, according to the AP.

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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.