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A Senate committee voted unanimously yesterday to approve Kelvin Droegemeier as science advisor, Nature News reports.

Science has drawn up a list of topics to discuss with Kelvin Droegemeier, the nominee to direct the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The Washington Post reports that President Donald Trump is to nominate Kelvin Droegemeier to be the White House science and technology advisor.

An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

Still Available

The Huffington Post writes that the science advisor position in the US is still not filled.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

Unsure of What to Do

Office of Science and Technology Policy staffers are without direction on some initiatives, Nature News reports.

CBS News reports that the science division of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy has no more staffers, though the White House says it does.

House science committee members call on Trump to appoint a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy director, according to Popular Science.

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 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

UCSF researchers find that having two X chromosomes may contribute to women's longer lifespans, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's use of genetic approaches to study foodborne illnesses.

In PNAS this week: immune cell profiling of wild baboons by social status, metabolomics profiling of esophageal tumors, and more.