NEW YORK, Aug. 20 – Venture capital investment in US biotechnology companies, which include genomic and bioinformatics firms, has increased by $100 million to $1.1 billion since the beginning of the year, even as overall venture financing plunged by 58 percent to $25 billion, according to a recent analysis.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

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