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Science  27 Apr 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6387, pp. 360-361
DOI: 10.1126/science.360.6387.360

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In science news around the world, the U.S. Congress confirms Representative Jim Bridenstine (R–OK) to serve as NASA's administrator on a 50–49, party line vote as critics question his qualifications. The World Health Organization advises that the world's first dengue vaccine be administered only to people who have previously been infected with the disease. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency releases a data access proposal that its administrator, Scott Pruitt, says will increase transparency of regulatory science but that U.S. science groups criticize as making it harder for regulators to use certain kinds of studies that aren't easy to reproduce. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommends that the agency approve the country's first marijuana-derived prescription medication, a drug containing the compound cannabidiol to treat two rare forms of epilepsy in children. A consortium of genomics and public health researchers publishes the first ethical framework created by Africans to govern genomics research in Africa. And the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, California, puts prominent cancer scientist Inder Verma on administrative leave and says it is investigating harassment allegations against him.