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In PLOS Genetics, a Columbia University-led team searches for rare variants contributing to a severe condition called congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), uncovering damaging de novo mutations in the transcription factor-coding gene MYRF. Using new and previously sequenced exomes for 362 affected children and their unaffected parents, the researchers saw de novo coding mutations in MYRF in four CDH cases.

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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.