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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Congress approved a bill Friday that would increase the US National Institutes of Health's funding by $2 billion for fiscal year 2019.

UK's Labour Party calls for a ban on non-invasive prenatal testing for determining sex, BBC News reports.

Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher warns in a New York Times op-ed that more people are going to need help figuring out what their consumer genetic testing results mean.

In PLOS this week: intra-tumor heterogeneity patterns, genomic analysis of Thoroughbred horse origins, and more.