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Budget on the Horizon

The European Union budget includes €70.2 billion ($91.9 billion) for the Horizon 2020 research funding scheme, ScienceInsider reports. This is, it adds, a 23 percent increase from the Framework Programme 7 budget.

Still, a larger budget had been sought by the European Parliament and the European Commission, €100 billion and €70.2 billion, respectively. "But with crisis-stricken EU countries tightening their belts, the Parliament accepted a smaller budget and pushed through other demands, including more flexible spending rules," ScienceInsider adds.

The seven-year funding scheme is to take effect next year and run through 2020. The program budget for 2014 is pegged at €8.8 billion and will rise for each subsequent year.

Member states and the European Parliament plenary must still agree to the budget, but ScienceInsider reports that the budget negotiators are confident that they will accept it.

The Scan

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.