NEW YORK, May 21 (GenomeWeb News) - The European Union announced Tuesday that it will launch the third call for proposals in life sciences, genomics, and biotechnology of its Sixth Framework funding program on June 16.

The four-year FP6 program has a total budget of €17.5 billion ($21 billion), with €2.3 billion devoted to funding life sciences research.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

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