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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The bill to fund the National Institutes of Health next year that the Senate Appropriations Committee passed last week would keep funding for the National Human Genome Research Institute flat compared with this fiscal year, at $512.9 million in 2013 compared with $512.

With the signing of a large spending bill late last week, the Obama Administration has enacted a budget for this fiscal year that includes a 1 percent funding increase for the National Institutes of Health.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.