Congress

NIH Boost Proposed

A draft bill released by the US House of Representatives appropriations committee would increase the 2019 National Institutes of Health budget by 3 percent.

The proposed bill would increase the National Institutes of Health's budget from roughly $37.1 billion to $38.3 billion in fiscal 2019.

Stat News reports that a sponsor of the US "right-to-try" bill says in a letter that it "intends to diminish the FDA's power."

NPR reports that the US House of Representatives has passed a bill to enable terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs.

The agency asked Reps. Bucshon and DeGette to consider the precertification program idea as they work on refining the draft of the Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act.

Inder Verma had been on leave from PNAS since December after three female scientists at the Salk Institute filed a lawsuit claiming gender discrimination.

Increasing NIH funding has been a priority for Congress in recent years, despite calls from the White House to trim the agency's budget.

Smith and the NSF

Representative Lamar Smith's criticism of the National Science Foundation has "changed the nature of the conversation," according to ScienceInsider.

Stat News reports that the US House of Representatives rejected a "right-to-try" bill for unapproved drugs.

The bill aims to reduce barriers to the use of genetic and genomic testing, including for children on Medicaid with a suspected genetic disease.

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A federal grand jury has indicted Elizabeth Holmes and Ramesh Balwani for alleged wire fraud in conjunction with their activities at Theranos.

Nature News reports that some developers are nervous about GitHub's acquisition by Microsoft.

A direct-to-consumer genetic testing company sent out used spit kits, CNBC reports.

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