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The VP lauded the work of the assembled researchers, offered suggestions for ways forward, and asked for their help in determining how to change the system for the better.

Democratic Senators push for some mandatory biomedical research funding in the US, Stat News reports.

The deal would bring the NIH's fiscal 2016 funding to $32 billion but still requires formal approval by both the House and Senate in votes expected this week.

ScienceInsider's Jeffrey Mervis notes that the US budget deal may lead to tight funding in 2017.

US Budget Deal Made

The US House of Representatives passes a budget deal, the New York Times reports.

The Obama Administration's Strategy for American Innovation highlights precision medicine.

Without planned budget increases, a number of key NIH programs including the Precision Medicine Initiative would be set back, Francis Collins told a Senate subcommittee.

The US is heading toward another budget showdown, Nature News says.

Make It a Double

Newt Gingrich calls for a doubling of the National Institutes of Health budget.

The budget calls for an end to sequestration cuts and also seeks to provide the FDA with a 9 percent increase in funding to $4.9 billion.

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CBS This Morning highlights recent Medicare fraud involving offers of genetic testing.

Researchers find that many cancer drugs in development don't work quite how their developers thought they did, as Discover's D-brief blog reports.

Mariya Gabriel, a Bulgarian politician, is to be the next European Union research commissioner, according to Science.

In Science this week: a survey indicates that US adults are more likely to support the agricultural use of gene drives if they target non-native species and if they are limited, and more.