NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US House of Representatives this week passed the Food and Drug Administration Reform Act, which would reauthorize the Medical Device User Fee Act and implement a number of medical device regulatory reforms, with strong bipartisan support.

The House passed the bill on a vote of 387 to 5, and followed swiftly after the Senate passed its own version of the act last week with overwhelming support.

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A National Science Foundation-funded project aims to give researchers access to a network many times faster than the Internet.

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