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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.

The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

In Cell this week: epigenetic change linked to glioblastomas, rare and low-frequency variants contributing to multiple sclerosis risk, and more.