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Congress Passes Budget Patch

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The federal government’s Fiscal Year 2009 ended this week without a budget for 2010 being passed, so Congress passed a continuing resolution to keep money moving through the government while it completes its appropriations chores for the coming year.

The continuing resolution will fund government agencies at the current levels until Oct. 31, when it may be renewed if a 2010 budget has not yet been signed.

The House of Representatives this week began considering a conference report on an energy funding bill that would give $4.9 billion for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Members in both the House of Representatives and in the Senate have agreed to a conference report on the agriculture appropriations bill that includes $262.4 million for the Agriculture Food and Research Initiative, or around $52 million over its funding for 2009.

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.