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.

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A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

In Nature this week: investigation into the genetics of medulloblastoma, and more.

A project in the UK is to use genomic selection to speed spruce tree growth, according to Innovators Magazine.