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President Donald Trump offered former Microsoft CEO and philanthropist Bill Gates the presidential science advisor job, but he passed on it, Stat News reports.

Trump has repeatedly threatened to drastically slash NIH funding, but its new $37 billion budget is a historic high.

President Trump had earlier in the day said on Twitter that he was considering vetoing the bill over an immigration issue and a lack of funding for a proposed Mexican border wall.

An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

Still Available

The Huffington Post writes that the science advisor position in the US is still not filled.

US President Donald Trump has announced his budget plan for fiscal year 2019 that first calls for research funding cuts, but then erases them.

While the President's budget proposal would slash the NIH's budget by 27 percent, the White House is seeking additional funding to bring the agency's budget to its 2017 level.

Shutdown in the US

Lacking funding, the US federal government has shut down, leading science agencies to cease much of their work.

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.

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

Genetic genealogy has helped exonerate a man who has been jailed for 20 years, Agence France Presse reports.

A new report says genetically modified food might be necessary to be able to feed a planet of nearly 10 billion people, Bloomberg says.

In Nature this week: new RNA editing approach called LEAPER, draft assembly of Musa balbisiana banana genome, and more.