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The Economist reports on work done by Peter Davies and published in PLoS ONE this week that shows that lateral gene transfer probably occurred in herring, smelt, and sea raven. Davies looked across genomes for an antifreeze protein and found that the three fish species share one lectin-like AFP in particular, but don't share a common ancestor.

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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.