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In Science this week, researchers at the Rockefeller University report on the role of Rap1, a conserved subunit of shelterin, which is an essential telomeric protein complex that prevents damage to DNA. In removing Rap1 from mouse telomeres via gene deletions or by replacing TRF2 with a mutant that doesn't bind Rap1, the team found that it is critical for the repression of homology-directed repair, which can alter telomere length.

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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.