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Harvard's Judy Lieberman and her colleagues report on a topical RNAi-based treatment to prevent herpes infections. In their Cell Host & Microbe paper, they describe how they used a combination of siRNAs targeting viral and host genes to prevent HSV-2 transmission in mice. "One of the attractive features of the compound we developed is that it creates in the tissue a state that's resistant to infection, even if applied up to a week before sexual exposure.

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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.