NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A review panel at the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) this week will decide whether to approve $40 million to fund several proposals to launch new research centers that would use genomics to pursue human biology, disease, and therapeutics studies.

CIRM's board will decide in a public meeting on Jan. 29 which applications, if any, will receive the funds, which the board set aside for two years specifically for stem cell genomics initiatives.

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The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

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