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FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach has written Congress a letter asking for $275 million in increased funding for the agency, according to an article in the International Herald Tribune. Bowing to pressure from both Democrats and Republicans, the money will allow the opening of new foreign offices, increased inspections, and the construction of new databases to track drug hazards.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.