US government

Closed, Again

The partial federal government shutdown in the US affects a number of science agencies, ScienceInsider reports.

New US rules on foreign investment could slow investment in biotech, Stat News reports.

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.

Pages

Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.