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After 16 days of a government shutdown, the US federal government is open once again. As the New York Times reports, a deal between lawmakers in Washington has funded the government through the middle of January and raised the nation's debt ceiling through the beginning of February.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.