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Northwestern University's Richard Silverman and his work leading to the discovery and marketing of Pfizer's blockbuster, Lyrica, are profiled in this Chicago Tribune article. According to Silverman, who took one-fourth of the $700 million in royalties Northwestern made selling a portion of its rights to New York-based Royalty Pharma, finding a billion-dollar drug takes as much scientific curiosity as luck.

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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.