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The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology urges the adoption of a biodefense strategy, Tech Review reports.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A White House-appointed advisory council wants the federal government to boost its investments into agricultural research by an extra $700 million per year and to take steps to realign its funding to address several important scientific challenges.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A White House-appointed panel said today that if the US is to continue to be the global leader in technology and innovation then the federal government needs to take actions to keep it that way, by spending more on basic research, encouraging more industry investments

The President's science advisory council today heard from a leader of Obama's bioethics commission on its synthetic biology recommendations.

In a survey, about half of Canadian government scientists say they still feel as though they cannot speak freely, ScienceInsider reports.

Clinicians in China are moving ahead with a number of CRISPR trials, NPR reports, as the US embarks on its first.

The Atlantic reports that biohacker Josiah Zayner regrets injecting himself with the CRISPR gene-editing tool on stage.

In Nature this week: genomic approaches applied to study Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans, and more.