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Science  26 Jan 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6374, pp. 372-374
DOI: 10.1126/science.359.6374.372

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In science news around the world, the U.S. Congress ends a 3-day shutdown of the federal government triggered by disagreements over spending levels, once again deferring decisions on funding for science and other priorities in the 2018 fiscal year. The European Patent Office revokes a basic patent it issued to the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the CRISPR gene-editing tool. Scientists in China report using somatic cell nuclear transfer to create the first cloned baby primates to be born healthy, and India's education minister calls the theory of evolution "scientifically wrong." Utrecht University in the Netherlands will return a €360,000 research grant from Philip Morris International, a leading manufacturer of tobacco products, after pressure from the Dutch Cancer Society. And the U.S. company Rocket Lab sends its first Electron rocket into orbit, demonstrating a dedicated launch capability for small satellites.