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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.

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.

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Nature News reports that recent proposed changes to the US National Science Foundation have raised concerns about a shift away from the agency's focus on basic research.

Noel Rose, the "father of autoimmunity," has died at 92, the Washington Post reports.

According to CNN, Legionella was discovered in buildings leased by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they reopened following coronavirus pandemic-related closures.

In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of malaria parasite populations in Southeast Asia, genomic surveillance of yellow fever virus in São Paulo, and more.