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NPR has a story questioning the stimulus funds that went toward research, since it may take longer to spend that money than, say, putting funding toward rebuilding roads. "The National Science Foundation reports that less than 2 percent of the research money it has awarded has actually been spent. ... Compare that to the National Highway Administration, which has paid out 16 percent of its funds and has been criticized for moving too slowly," the article says.

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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.