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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.

Little Bit Longer Now

A continuing resolution keeps the US government funded, but gives uncertainty to science agencies's budgets, ScienceInsider says.

Taxes and Research

Colorado Representative Ed Perlmutter writes at Scientific American that the new US tax bill will impede scientific research.

Might Serve, If Asked

Science surveyed scientists and engineers to find that most would consider accepting a top-level position in the Trump Administration.

The Associated Press reports that most of the people the Trump Administration has nominated to science-related posts do not have advanced degrees in science.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

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A South African university has told the Wellcome Sanger Institute to return DNA samples it has from indigenous African communities, The Times reports.

The University of California, Berkeley's Rasmus Nielsen and Xinzhu Wei have retracted their CCR5 gene paper due to a technical artifact.

 

University of Virginia researchers are exploring a genetic risk test to gauge type 1 diabetes risk, NPR reports.

In PNAS this week: researchers compare two high-grade neuroendocrine lung cancers, height among ancient Europeans, and more.