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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.

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Forensic genetic firm Verogen has bought the genetic genealogy site GEDmatch.

Researchers have 3D-printed plastic bunnies that encase the information needed to make more such bunnies in DNA, according to Discover magazine.

Dan Rather, the former CBS Evening News anchor and executive producer of a new documentary, writes at the Guardian that everyone needs to know about CRISPR.

In PNAS this week: analysis of FOXA1 upregulation in ER-positive breast cancer, gene editing to correct recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, and more.