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Bitesize Bio's Nick Oswald rounds up some helpful tips on effective sterilization techniques, going over five major methods and how they work. Wet heat, otherwise known as autoclaving, is the method of choice for most labs. With dry heat, higher temps are needed to kill the bugs. Filtration is a "great way of quickly sterilizing solutions without heating," he says, but don't count on it to catch viruses and phages.

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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.