The New York Times reports on the visa crunch here in the US, leading off with a look at microRNA researcher Alena Shkumatava at the Whitehead Institute. Shkumatava "is among the several hundred thousand students who need a visa to study in the United States," the article says.

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An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Veterans Affairs Health System is studying whether genetic testing can help prescribe better depression therapies.

Stat News reports that Spark Therapeutics' Luxturna is now being used to treat a wider array of patients.

In Genome Biology this week: transcription factor use among brittle stars, single-cell RNA sequencing strategy, and more.