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The US federal government partially shut down over the holiday weekend when lawmakers and President Donald Trump were unable to come to an agreement over funding the government, ScienceInsider reports, noting that the point of contention was Trump's request for $5 billion in funding for a border wall.

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New results from the NASA Twins Study indicate that the immune system may rev up when in space, the Washington Post reports.

Kelvin Droegemeier, the new science advisor, spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, Geekwire reports.

In PNAS this week: whole-genome assembly for the white shark, paper-based microfluidic method for detecting the malaria parasite, and more.

The World Health Organization has announced the members of its gene-editing committee, according to NPR.