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The US House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee approved a $942 million increase to the NIH budget, which would then total $31.3 billion. This 3.1 percent increase is more than double what the Obama administration requested, says Science Insider. The committee also rejected the administration's "targeted funding approach" that would have boosted cancer research funding more than other areas of research.

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Science reports that a new White House Office of Management and Budget memo rescinds previous ones that helped research institutions deal with pandemic-related closures.

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