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GlaxoSmithKline must have been feeling generous: the pharma gave $25 million to the Harvard Stem Cell Institute for a five-year partnership "to develop new methods for screening drugs with stem cells," according to this news item from Technology Review. "The time appears ripe for investing, because scientists can now use new reprogramming techniques to develop stem cells from patients with specific diseases."

 

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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.