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About 70 percent of US adults say they think it would be fine to someday use gene-editing approaches to prevent an incurable or fatal genetic disease, a poll conducted by the Associated Press has found. The same portion of adults, though, opposes the use of gene editing to improve, for instance, a person's intelligence or athletic ability.

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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.