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All Those Funds

More than $625 million of NIH stimulus money is heading into 'omics coffers, reported our sister publication, GenomeWeb Daily News, earlier this month. That number represents 970 stimulus grants or about 14 percent of total NIH stimulus grant funding given out by the end of the 2009 fiscal year. And so, our other sister publications dug a bit more into the grants databases to see how that money is being spread around to the different technology areas. We sum their findings up here:

InSequence says that field received at least $145 million spread over 89 grants.

● According to BioArray News, grants microarray and biochip-based projects were awarded collectively more than $76 million.

RNAi News reports that $6 million-worth of those stimulus funds are heading to small RNA research.

● According to ProteoMonitor, the proteomics field received 114 stimulus grants, totaling nearly $45 million.

BioInform reports that grants related to informatics numbered 194 and add up to $92 million.

Pharmacogenomics Reporter notes that the Office of the HHS Secretary was given $400 million in stimulus funding to create the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. That same article notes that the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center received $4 million from the National Cancer Institute to develop CancerGen.

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.