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A Budget Plan for NCATS

The US Department of Health and Human Services has provided more details to Congress on the budget for the proposed National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. As Nature's News Blog points out, "the detailed budget conforms closely to the plan that [National Institutes of Health Director Francis] Collins first described." According to a table attached to the letter Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent to the congressional appropriations subcommittees, which ScienceInsider has posted, the proposed budget for NCATS includes $480 million for Clinical and Translational Science Awards, $100 million for the Cures Acceleration Network, and $73 million for research resources and infrastructure programs that are housed at the National Center for Research Resources. However, ScienceInsider points out that despite these details, Congress does not yet have what it needs — a formal budget amendment — to finalize the NIH budget.

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.