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Science reports a new US defense bill would establish two groups aimed at combating foreign influence on research. 

Cleared the Committee

The Washington Post reports that a US Senate committee voted this week to approve the nomination of Stephen Hahn to lead the Food and Drug Administration.

Undark reports on a bill introduced this year to the US House of Representatives to strengthen scientific integrity.

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.

Pages

Gene editing could be an issue competitive sports need to address soon, four researchers from Arizona State University write at Slate.

A genetic alteration appears to increase heart failure risk among people of African descent, according to the Washington Post.

In his look back at the past decade, BuzzFeed News' Peter Aldhous writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing has led to "Facebook for genes."

In Nature this week: genetic "clock" that can predict the lifespans of vertebrates, new assembler called wtdbg2, and more.