NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — A day after Congress began taking up the delayed 2009 federal appropriations, the Obama Administration today released the broad outlines of its 2010 budget, which is still in the works.

Although the specific funding levels at many departments are still being drafted and will not be submitted until President Barack Obama submits his official budget request, the White House and the Office of Budget and Management today listed a number of priority areas, including a $630 billion, 10-year commitment to health care reform.

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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.