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In PLOS Genetics, researchers from the US and Canada describe a computational strategy for improving gene set analysis testing in genome-wide association studies. The team's "Generalized Berk-Jones" (GBJ) statistic-based tests "that possess both rigorous statistical motivation and excellent performance in application," the authors say, to replace prior methods that include ad hoc steps or other potential confounders.

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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.