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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.

Lessons Learned

The approach taken in the UK to approve mitochondrial replacement could inform the debate over using genome editing, a pair of researchers say in Cell.

Pages

The Atlantic reports that genetic counselors are coping with an influx of patients seeking advice on their direct-to-consumer genetic test results.

A small study finds differences between three genomic prostate cancer tests, Medscape reports.

A survey of Canadians finds them to be divided on genetically modified food, the Ottawa Citizen reports.

In Nature this week: shared genetic architecture for asthma and allergic diseases, and more.