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Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) has appointed Patrick Soon-Shiong to a committee that will advise President Donald Trump on health information technology, Politico reports.

Trump has reportedly also considered Soon-Shiong, the CEO of NantWorks, for science advisor or for director of the National Institutes of Health.

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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.