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US President Donald Trump signed an executive order this week instructing federal agencies speed up the review process for agricultural biotechnology products, Reuters reports. The order, it adds, calls on the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency to develop new regulations, and would include the regulatory processes for genetically modified livestock and seeds.

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

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

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