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The Washington Post reports the loss of staff following USDA agencies' move has affected their ability to release and conduct reports and allot funding.

Needed to Ask First

A new report says the US Department of Agriculture's plan relocate two USDA science agencies may violate the 2018 appropriations act, the Washington Post says.

NPR reports that many USDA researchers working at the two agencies that are relocating to the Kansas City area are declining to go.

Moving From DC to KC

Two US Department of Agriculture research departments are moving to the Kansas City area, according to the Washington Post.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order instructing federal agencies speed up the review of agricultural biotechnology products, according to Reuters.

To Boost Productivity

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

Limit of Relevance

Relocating USDA agencies outside of Washington, DC, may make them less effective, critics of the move tell NPR.

Preliminary No More

The Washington Post reports that US Department of Agriculture researchers will no longer have to label their peer-reviewed articles as "preliminary."

The Washington Post reports that the US Department of Agriculture told its researchers to label peer-reviewed articles as "preliminary" work.

Not As Many

The Washington Post reports that the USDA issued fewer citations to animal facilities, including research labs, pet breeders, and zoos, last year.

Pages

Russian CRISPR researcher moves along with plans to ultimately alter the genes of embryos of deaf couples, though awaits regulatory approval, Nature News reports.

University of California, San Francisco, researchers have uncovered a gene mutations that appears to make a father-son duo more efficient sleepers.

NPR reports a large health insurer has begun to cover some pharmacogenetic tests for psychiatric drugs.

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of non-syndromic orofacial cleft subtypes, epigenetic and transcriptomic analysis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, and more.