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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.

Stat News reports that President Donald Trump won't be meeting with the American Nobel Prize laureates this year.

President Donald Trump has nominated Alex Azar to be the new health secretary, the New York Times reports.

Warning on Funding

New Nobel Prize winners tell the Boston Globe that science funding these days is uncertain.

The New York Times writes that US lawmakers have rejected President Trump's proposal to cut NIH funding.

The law broadens the ability of law enforcement agencies to use rapid DNA sequencing technology and upload resulting data into a federal database.

CBS News reports that the science division of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy has no more staffers, though the White House says it does.

President Donald Trump has nominated Jerome Adams as surgeon general, Politico reports.

The Bidens have convened a diverse board and staff with the goal of continuing efforts to accelerate research and development begun under the Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

Bit of Uncertainty

The partially reinstated US travel ban leaves space for uncertainty for researchers, Nature News says.

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In PLOS this week: Mycobacterium abscessus linked to gastric conditions, placental gene expression changes associated with preterm birth, and more.

The Guardian reports that UK universities are looking into ways to reduce labs' reliance on single-use plastics.

People with certain gene variants tend to not like vegetables, particularly bitter ones, CNN reports.

MIT's Technology Review reports on a company's genetic test that gauges an embryo's susceptibility to certain diseases.