For 2008, the National Institutes of Health budget will increase by 1 percent. After President Bush vetoed a bill that would have given the NIH $1 billion more, Congress responded with a $329 million increase, or 1 percent, much of which -- $300 million -- is earmarked for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

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Researchers are refining a tool to predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Guardian.

According to Stat News, the partial government shutdown in the US could soon affect the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to review new drugs.

In PNAS this week: gypsy moth genome sequenced, phylogenomic analysis of Polyneopterans, and more.

CNN reports that people's genes tend to have a greater influence on their risk of developing disease than their environment, but it varies by phenotype.