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Investment bank Jefferies today issued a report saying the budgets of the largest Western European Union funding sources for government-backed research could increase by 5 percent in 2012.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A Senate committee last week passed a bill that would give the US Food and Drug Administration a $50 million increase for fiscal-year 2012 from its FY 2011 funding levels.

The $6.9 billion budget for NSF includes an increase of $43 million for research funding but falls $650 million short of Obama's request.

The chairman of the committee that holds the House purse strings for NIH says he is troubled by the NCATS plan, and suggests he wants its development stopped for now.

HHS has sent an updated 2012 NIH budget plan, which includes the translational center but cuts funds to NCRR, to the Senate Appropriations Committee.


Three genetic testing companies form a coalition to influence how Congress considers genetic privacy, The Hill reports.

University of California, San Diego researchers investigate how skin care products influence the skin microbiome, Scientific American reports.

The Wall Street Journal examines billing codes used by uBiome.

In PNAS this week: links between lung adenocarcinoma and lncRNA, algorithm to impute and cluster Hi-C interaction profiles from single cells, and more.