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Obama Signs Budget Bill Including Spending Boosts for NIH, FDA

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – President Barack Obama yesterday signed off on the final version of the fiscal 2009 budget, which includes spending boosts for the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and other health and research-related agencies.

As reported yesterday on GenomeWeb Daily News, on Tuesday the Senate passed the $410 billion omnibus bill passed without amendments by a vote of 62 to 35.

The bill includes $30.3 billion for the NIH, an increase of $938 million over 2008. The FDA will receive a $335 million boost up to $2 billion, while $972 million would go to the Food Safety and Inspection Service, an increase of $41 million from the 2008 budget.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.