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Herceptin was the first, the US Food and Drug Administration says at its consumer updates page. In 1998, the agency approved the drug to treat certain breast cancers, but there had to be a diagnostic to determine what type of breast cancer a patient had. Now, the agency adds, there are 19 cleared or approved companion diagnostic tests for a range of drugs to treat certain diseases and conditions.

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Harold Varmus, a former NIH director, says that proposed reductions to the agency's budget are worrisome.

The Genome 10K project is to sequence about 10,000 vertebrate genomes, including ones of endangered species, Digital Trends reports.

The new Coalition to Save NIH Funding aims to educate lawmakers and the public on the significance of biomedical research.

In PLOS this week: analysis of viral sequences from human blood samples, gut microbiomes of heart failure patients, and more.