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Averted, For Now

While the US government has averted a shutdown by passing a new continuing resolution to fund government agencies for another two weeks without affecting science agencies' budgets, Nature's Great Beyond Blog points out that science budgets may still be trimmed down. In mid-February, the House of Representatives passed a budget bill for fiscal year 2011 with "deep cuts for science agencies," Nature says. Those cuts include a 5 percent, or $1.63 billion, cut to the National Institutes of Health's budget and the same percentage cut, or $359.5 million, for the National Science Foundation's budget. The Senate has not passed this bill, and is working on its own. "If we don't invest in research and innovation," said Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) at Argonne National Laboratories, according to the Chicago Tribune, "we are not going to have the new businesses, the new opportunities, the new manufacturing that America needs."

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.