In January, US President George W. Bush signed into law the NIH Reform Bill, the first such overhaul of the NIH in the past 13 years. Though NIH funding will remain relatively flat in 2007, the bill will shift funding policy and essentially give Director Elias Zerhouni control of an eventual five percent of the agency’s total annual budget.

Though the budget increase is good news for systems biology, there is concern that the new focus on cross-agency research will come at the cost of established programs at NIH’s individual institutes and centers.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.