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An article in Scientific American says that it is unclear whether the increase of biodefense research and funding has made Americans safer. With those increases, potential weapons are in the hands of more and more researchers, and some say that this growth increases the chance of an accidental release.

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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.