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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Only weeks after proposing a budget that would cut $5.8 billion from the 2018 budget of the National Institutes of Health, the White House on Friday proposed cutting nearly $1.2 billion from the NIH budget this year as part of a broader plan to reduce government spending during the remainder of fiscal 2017.

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The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.

Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.

In PNAS this week: copy number changes arose during polar bear evolution, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the Siberian hamster, and more.