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A Queen Mary University of London-led team considers chromatin structure and its contributions to female caste phenotypes in the honey bee, Apis mellifera. The researchers used chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing to map the distribution of H3K4me3, H3K27ac, and H3K36me3 histone marks across the genome in honey bee larvae heads at a stage where female bees are differentiating into sterile worker bees or queen bees.

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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.