The Hill – Seven states controlled by Democratic administrations are formally challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision not to further restrict the use of the controversial pesticide chlorpyrifos.
Reuters – The U.S. Congress is working on national self-driving vehicle legislation that could replace state-by state rules and make it easier for automakers to test and deploy the technology, according to senior U.S. House and Senate lawmakers.
Bloomberg – Thousands of Kansas farmers argue that Syngenta AG posed an even bigger threat by failing to prevent its genetically modified corn seed from contaminating U.S. crops, which led to a devastating rejection of imports by Chinese officials.
The Independent – It has been hailed as a cure for cancer and all forms of inherited disease. But scientists have now discovered that a system for editing the genes of living creatures can have a potentially dangerous side-effect – causing unintended mutations.
Xconomy National – An ambitious plan to recruit 1 million U.S. volunteers and amass a treasure trove of their health information will start next week with a “beta test” that health officials hope to eventually expand nationwide.
Food and Drug Administration – The FDA granted accelerated approval to a treatment for patients whose cancers have a specific genetic feature—the first time for an approval based on a common biomarker rather than the location in the body where the tumor originated.
Duke SciPol – In December 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration released the so-called Registration Rule, requiring hobbyists to register their recreational drones with the agency. But that rule changed suddenly last week.