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Researchers have sequenced the genome of durum wheat, which is used to make pasta, Popular Science reports.

An international team of researchers generated a 10.45 gigabase assembly of the durum wheat genome. As they report in Nature Genetics, the researchers found that the durum wheat genome harbored multiple signatures linked with domestication and breeding.

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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.