US government

Federal officials are using DNA testing to reunite migrant families separated at the southern US border, CNN reports.

Science Panel Decline

A report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says US science advisory panels met less often and have lost members this past year, Science reports.

The contract was awarded as part of IARPA's Functional Genomic and Computational Assessment of Threats program.

Taxes and Research

Colorado Representative Ed Perlmutter writes at Scientific American that the new US tax bill will impede scientific research.

The wide-ranging discussion with witnesses from Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and Editas Medicine touched on recent advances in research and questions of safety.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is leaning on the Department of Energy's supercomputing platform to crunch genomic and health data.

Cuts Proposed

The Trump administration budget proposal includes a $6 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health budget.

MD Anderson Cancer Center is suing NantHealth's Patrick Soon-Shiong over 'moonshot' trademark, the Cancer Letter reports.

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

Researchers working in the US tell Nature News that they are concerned about what a Trump presidency will mean for science.

Pages

York University researchers find genomic evidence of inbreeding in the yellow-banded bumblebee, according to Reuters.

In its survey of US adults, the Pew Research Center finds that views on the genetic engineering of animals depend on why it's done.

The Scientist reports agricultural researchers are working on a gene-stacking tool.

In Nature this week: statistical method for overcoming case-control imbalance issues, and more.