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In PLOS Genetics, French researchers describe a role for mutations in the NEK8 gene in a ciliopathy disorder with overlapping features that include a kidney disease called severe syndromic renal cystic dysplasia and other conditions. In search of new ciliopathy-related mutations, the team did exon-enriched sequencing on more than 1,200 ciliary genes in 342 ciliopathy patients with kidney symptoms and 200 samples from fetuses or neonatal deaths with related features.

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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.