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Money, Money, Money

To keep biomedical research chugging along happily, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology says the NIH budget needs to get raises after the stimulus funding runs out. According to Science Insider, NIH needs a 10 percent raise in 2011 and 3 percent above inflation (6 to 7 percent) raises after that, so that in 2012, the NIH budget would be $36 billion. If these increases do not happen, incoming FASEB president Mark Lively says, new awards will plummet. "We're going to slow progress; we're going to end careers; we're going to be terribly discouraging to young scientists," he says. Lively also suggests that investigators be given more time to spend their stimulus funds.

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.