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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Advocates for federal spending on biomedical research want to put a face on the pain inflicted by the long-term budget cuts and the recent sequestration that have struck the National Institutes of Health.

The 25 percent that has been eroded out of NIH appropriations over the past decade due to inflation, and the $1.6 billion that was hacked from its annual spending this year are "very abstract" numbers, Carrie Wolinetz, president of the group United for Medical Research, said in a conference call yesterday.

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Kaiser Health News reports San Francisco and Alameda counties in California are no longer using Verily Life Sciences' COVID-19 testing program.

The New York Times reports that developers in New York City are increasingly interested in life science spaces.

A UK study has found that antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 may decline over time, Reuters reports.

In PNAS this week: genetic and epigenetic variation in individuals with diabetic kidney disease, spontaneous genetic alterations in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and more.