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Shutdown Spreading

As the US federal government shutdown drags on, more parts of the government are affected as funding dwindles. The national laboratories, which are run by subcontractors, are now preparing to close as their Department of Energy funding runs out, the Nature News Blog reports.

Los Alamos and Sandia are to close within the next two weeks — on the 18th and 21st, respectively — while Argonne National Laboratory may stay open through the end of the month. In addition, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will likely remain open through November, according to the Nature News Blog.

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.