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The institute plans to issue a funding announcement for a repository to store samples and conduct DNA extraction and genotyping.

Spending on life science tools rose 13 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, suggesting that the "effects of the continuing resolution on NIH budgets have not dampened the underlying demand for tools in the US academic sector."

The Protein Structure Initiative program starts its third phase with grants supporting its Biology Centers, Membrane Protein Structure Determination Centers, resource centers, and high-throughput biology partnerships.

Under the five-year project, the parties will investigate 180 potential biomarkers in plasma samples from 7,000 participants in the Framingham Heart Study.

The director described for a House Appropriations subcommittee NIH's plans for the $32.2 billion budget, including genomics-related research. He also called the stimulus bill "a wonderful investment."

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A man has confessed to the rape and murder of developmental biologist Suzanne Eaton, according to the New York Times.

The Irish Times reports that US lawmakers and law enforcement agencies are concerned about ties between the US and Chinese genomics firms.

Parents of children with spinal muscular atrophy tell the Washington Post they are pushing to get insurance coverage of Novartis's Zolgensma.

In PNAS this week: gene mutations in individuals with syndromic craniosynostosis, putative colorectal cancer drivers, and more.