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Halloween got Keith Robison thinking about other candy-laden US holidays, such as Easter, which in turn made him think about Easter Eggs, those hidden finds inserted into computer applications and games. In turn, that reminded him of little gems of scientific interest found in a paper's supplementary online material or buried in a footnote. One such item Robison liked was a footnote to a multiplex sequencing paper by George Church that said the technology was being used to shotgun sequence Salmonella typhi and Escherichia coli.

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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.

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