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A Bit More for NIH

The US House of Representatives appropriations committee approved a $1 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health, bringing it in line with President Barack Obama's request of $32 billion for the agency for the 2011 fiscal year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. "Within limited resources, this year's bill puts the emphasis on translating basic research results into practical and available cures and treatments," says David Obey (D-WI), the committee chair.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.