As part of an effort to scale back costs and be more efficient, the Obama administration has imposed limits on how much money US federal agencies may spend on conferences, but some scientific organizations are concerned that such a move will impede participation in scientific conferences, The New York Times reports.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.