Elias Zerhouni went to bat for stem cell funding yesterday. In a hearing on the proposed 2008 budget for NIH, Zerhouni said that the US restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research leave NIH fighting "with one hand tied behind our back," according to this wire story.

 

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.