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Long Time to Recover

The New York Times looks into the waning influence of science on US governmental policy-making.

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.

Pages

Reuters reports that Germany is seeking to sequence 5 percent of patient samples that test positive for SARS-CoV-2.

23andMe and Medscape say primary care physicians are increasingly more comfortable with discussing direct-to-consumer genetic testing results.

The publisher of the Science family of journals will allow some authors to place peer-reviewed versions of their papers into publicly accessible repositories.

In Science this week: analysis of genome-wide association studies of chronic kidney disease, and more.