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To Plead Guilty

Rep. Chris Collins is to plead guilty insider trading charges stemming from his role with Innate Immunotherapeutics, the Washington Post reports.

The bill would provide additional funding to each NIH institute and center, and would follow a 5.4 percent budget increase received in fiscal 2019.

Up in the Air

Nature News reports that Congress needs to move quickly to pass spending bills before the fiscal year ends to fund science agencies.

Congressional lawmakers and Trump Administration officials have reached an agreement on a two-year budget deal.

Two Democratic lawmakers argue at USA Today that independent science is under attack by the Trump Administration.

Concerning Links

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

New Privacy Coalition

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

Senators said they'll narrow the draft bill containing changes to US patent law before submitting it to the Senate Judiciary Committee in July.

H.R. 3235, a long time priority for the National Society of Genetic Counselors, would allow CMS to reimburse genetic counselors for counseling Medicare beneficiaries.

Two senators have asked a government watchdog to see if CMS made payments to US providers who have partnered with firms including WuXi NextCode and BGI.

Pages

23andMe has a holiday popup shop at a mall and could open additional stores, Bloomberg reports.

By studying koalas and a retrovirus that infects them, researchers may have uncovered a new sort of 'immune response' that occurs at the genomic level, Agence France Presse reports.

NPR reports that the first person in the US given a gene editing-based therapy for a genetic disorder is heading home.

In Science this week: ancient genomes reveal social inequality within individual households, new method for quantifying genetic variation in gene dosage, and more.