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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.

Push for Sequencing

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

Faster, Faster

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.

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

Maybe Not to Eat…

Mainichi reports that 43 percent of Japanese individuals said they did not want to eat agricultural products that had been modified using gene-editing tools.

Moving From DC to KC

Two US Department of Agriculture research departments are moving to the Kansas City area, according to the Washington Post.

Just for Fun?

Slate's Jane Hu compares some at-home genetic tests to astrology.

In PLOS this week: analysis of polygenic risk scores for skin cancer, chronic pain GWAS, and more.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

From Pigs to Monkeys

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.

An interim report finds that 18 percent of employees at the US National Institutes of Health experienced gender harassment within the past year, ScienceInsider reports.

A rape suspect is contesting the DNA analysis that was performed after he was identified through genetic genealogy, the Washington Post reports.

BBC News reports on genome sequencing of ill children to uncover genetic alterations.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system that does not require double-strand DNA breaks, and more.

Wired reports that a murder trial in which police homed in on a suspect using genetic genealogy is heading to court, but won't focus on the technique.

A Russian researcher wants to implant gene-edited embryos into women this year, Nature News reports.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order instructing federal agencies speed up the review of agricultural biotechnology products, according to Reuters.

In Genome Biology this week: study of 'dark' genome regions, algorithm to determine DNA methylation variation, and more.

Less To Match To

GEDMatch's decision to opt users out of law enforcement searches has shrunk the size of its database open to such searches, Bloomberg reports.

In a genetic analysis, researchers have found ancient and modern grapevines are highly similar, the Guardian reports.

Coming to a Head?

Vox reports on the state of scientific publishing and the push for making research articles open access.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: diversity and spread of Yersinia pestis, local adaptations in switchgrass, and more.

Stronger Rules

China's State Council is strengthening regulations regarding scientific studies that rely on genetic or other material from Chinese individuals, according to Reuters.

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At the Guardian, the University of Edinburgh's Nikolay Ogryzko argues that universities need to better invest in postdocs' careers.

Researchers who go persevere after an early funding setback end up with more highly cited papers later on, according to the Economist.

Nature News reports that female scientists setting up their first labs tend to have lower salaries and smaller staffs than their male peers.

A new analysis by Northwestern University researchers finds that female and male first-time PIs receive differing amounts of funding.