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Keith Robison is irked by a bad paper, which he reviews at Omics! Omics! The paper in question uses comparative genomic analysis of chimp and human kinases and erroneously (according to Robison) discovers several "novel" chimpanzee kinases with no close counterpart in human. For instance, the authors find one that they describe as a specific protein based on 31-percent sequence homology.

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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.

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