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In this week's Science, a team of US and Canadian scientists reports how a specific gene variant contributes to inflammatory bowel disease, opening the door to a potential new treatment strategy for some patients. A variant of the gene C1orf106 is known to be associated with increased risk of IBD in humans, although the exact reasons were unclear.

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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.