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Obama to Sign Stimulus Bill Tomorrow

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Senate on Friday evening passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which President Barack Obama plans to sign into law tomorrow in Denver, according to White House officials.

The Senate passed the bill 60-38 hours after it passed in the House of Representatives 246-183.

The final version of the $787 billion economic stimulus act contains $10 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health, as well as billions of dollars of funding for other science funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy's Office of Science, and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology.

Of the NIH funding, the NIH Office of the Director has been allocated $7.85 billion in additional funds to support scientific research at NIH institutes and centers "in proportion" to the appropriations these institutes and centers were already allocated for fiscal year 2009.

The National Center for Research Resources has been granted $300 million to enable research facilities to purchase shared instrumentation and other capital research equipment.

In addition, $500 million has been set aside to fund "high-priority repair, construction and improvement projects" for NIH facilities on its Bethesda, Md., campus and other locations.

NSF, meanwhile, has been allocated $1 billion for "research and related activities," $150 million for "major research equipment and facilities construction," and $50 million for "education and human resources."

As part of the Department of Energy's allocation, $330 million has been earmarked for "science" funding.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.