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The 2010 NIH budget is still being hammered out and the Senate appropriations committee has approved a 1.4 percent increase, bringing the budget to up by $442 million to $31.8 billion, reports Science Insider. The labor, health and human services subcommittee agreed with President Obama and decided that NIH did not need more money as the stimulus bill gave it $10 billion. The bill does not include funding for specific diseases that Obama had requested.

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The US has sent its formal notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Science reports that a draft spending bill would increase the US National Institutes of Health budget by 13 percent.

The Harvard Crimson reports that Harvard and MIT are suing the Department of Homeland Security and ICE over the new international student visa policy.

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