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Science  24 Aug 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6404, pp. 734-735
DOI: 10.1126/science.361.6404.734

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In science news around the world, Europe is battling a measles epidemic unprecedented this decade; during the first 6 months of 2018, more than 41,000 children and adults contracted the disease and at least 37 have died in the World Health Organization's (WHO's) European Region. U.S. President Donald Trump's administration announces it will replace former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan with a much less aggressive effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants. The U.S. National Institutes of Health proposes that its Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee cease reviewing individual human gene therapy studies, leaving oversight in the hands of the Food and Drug Administration. WHO announces "landmark changes" in the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, recommending that current treatments be replaced with safer, faster-acting ones. Chris Ebell steps down as executive director of Europe's controversial Human Brain Project, which aims to simulate the entire human brain in a computer, amid differences with colleagues over the project's governance and strategic orientations.