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Over on his blog, John Hawks discusses what it means to be human — he says all humans share their evolutionary history. People may not share any genes with their 20th cousin, he says, but they still share that same history. Blogger RPM, though, isn't sure that's true, depending on what definition of "gene" Hawks was going for.

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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.