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NPR put together a panel of scientists to talk about genomic variation and its link to many common diseases. Speakers include David Valle and Aravinda Chakravarti from Johns Hopkins, as well as Lawrence Brody from NHGRI and David Goldstein from Duke. Discussion also got around to new studies, such as the latest findings about genome-based differences in how people fight off HIV infection.

 

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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.

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

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.

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