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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

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.