In a guest post on the Simply Statistics blog, Debashis Ghosh, chair of the Biostatistical Methods and Research Design study section at the National Institutes of Health, explains how the government shutdown is impacting NIH study sections, which "will likely have disastrous long-term effects on the state of biomedical and scientific research."

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering using DNA tests to determine relatedness between adult and child migrants, the Daily Caller reports.

Bloomberg reports that Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics plans to offer a treatment it is developing under the "right to try" law for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In Nature this week: expansion of disease-resistance genes among long-lived oak trees, and more.

In a proof-of-concept study, researchers report being able to determine age from dried bloodstains, Discover's D-brief blog reports.