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Stephen Colbert is sending his DNA into space as part of video game designer Richard Garriott's Operation Immortality. Colbert's DNA will be digitized and archived on the International Space Station as an off-site backup of humanity -- who better to resurrect humankind  than Colbert, says Garriott in a statement.

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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.