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Even with proposed cuts unlikely to materialize, the Atlantic's Ed Yong writes that the specter of them is still felt.

Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has appointed Patrick Soon-Shiong to a committee that will advise the president on health IT, Politico reports.

Cuts Proposed

The Trump administration budget proposal includes a $6 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health budget.

In his budget plan for fiscal 2018, President Trump is seeking to trim nearly $6 billion from the NIH's budget.

At the Atlantic, Ed Yong reports that the Trump Administration is considering capping NIH's indirect cost payments at 10 percent.

House science committee members call on Trump to appoint a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy director, according to Popular Science.

The Trump administration is considering choosing a non-scientist to oversee the USDA's Research, Education, and Economics division, Mashable reports.

President Trump had previously called for a $1.2 billion reduction in the NIH's budget for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Just Talk?

Bloomberg Gadfly's Max Nisen says to not take threats by the Trump Administration to cut NIH funding at face value.

Surgeon General Out

Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

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Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine and Deloitte are looking into the use of drones to transport samples for testing. 

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing firm 23andMe is laying off about 100 people.

Researchers from Northwestern University examined dust for antibiotic-resistance genes, New Scientist reports. 

In Science this week: researchers present a computational method for predicting cellular differentiation state from single-cell RNA sequencing data, and more.