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In Nature Genetics this week, an international research team presents the fully assembled genome of modern durum wheat, a cereal grain primarily used for pasta production that evolved from domesticated emmer wheat. Genome-wide genetic diversity analyses of the assembly revealed changes imposed by thousands of years of empirical selection and breeding The researchers uncovered a gene encoding a metal transporter with a non-functional variant that causes high accumulation of cadmium in grain.

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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.