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Two Democratic lawmakers argue at USA Today that independent science is under attack by the Trump Administration.

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The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

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

The Trump Administration has curbed fetal tissue research in the US, the New York Times reports.

The Trump Administration's budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 includes a 12 percent cut to National Institutes of Health funding.

The budget calls for $34.4 billion for the NIH in the coming fiscal year, including $492 million in resources made available through the 21st Century Cures Act.

Funds and Sharing

ScienceInsider reports that US President Donald Trump's call for more funding for childhood cancer research may focus on data sharing.

Lasting Mark

Researchers may experience the effects of the government shutdown for a while, the Los Angeles Times reports.

And Science?

Chemical & Engineering News writes that President Donald Trump's State of the Union address mostly disappointed science advocates.

Open for a While

Though the US government is open, ScienceInsider says it'll be a while before everything is back to normal at federal research agencies.

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The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.