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The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, Daniel Levinson, says that 90 percent of universities rely on researchers to determine whether the money they receive from drug and device makers is relevant to their government-funded work. The report, which the New York Times says is expected to be made public today, adds that even when conflicts are noted, university administrators do nothing to try to minimize that conflict of interest.

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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.