In front of the Senate appropriations subcommittee yesterday, US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the agency is a "true bargain" among federal agencies, at a cost of about two cents a day or eight dollars a year for each American.

Reuters reports that Hamburg appeared before the committee to ask for more money in the face of mandatory cuts of about $209 million to the agency budget as part of the sequester.

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With H3Africa, Charles Rotimi has been working to bolster the representation of African participants and African researchers in genomics, Newsweek reports.

NPR reports that government and private insurers are being slow to cover recently approved CAR-T cell therapies.

CNBC reports that there are thousands of genetic tests available for consumers to chose between.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of ducks, whole-genome doubling among tumor samples, and more.