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Even though PZ Myers' advice to press release writers is to substitute the word "important" with "beautiful" to avoid emphasizing the wrong things in scientific research news, Andre at Biocurious thinks that the most important thing about doing science is that it is important.

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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.