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Invitrogen has hired Mahendra Rao as vice president, research, stem cells and regenerative medicine. Rao most recently served as section chief for stem cells and senior investigator in the laboratory of neuroscience for the National Institute on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health. (see Q&A in this week's issue for more on Invitrogen's stem cell business)

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The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.

Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.

In PNAS this week: copy number changes arose during polar bear evolution, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the Siberian hamster, and more.