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This article has been updated to reflect the correct amount of funding awarded under the Convergence 1.0 grants.

CHICAGO (GenomeWeb) – Stand Up to Cancer is committing $11 million to fund research on immune system responses to cancer treatments, in part by applying Microsoft machine learning and artificial intelligence. Several of the projects being funded lean heavily on genome interpretation and other omics-related technologies.

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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.