Congress

More to Go Around

Congress approved a bill Friday that would increase the US National Institutes of Health's funding by $2 billion for fiscal year 2019.

The appropriations package would boost the NIH's fiscal 2019 budget to $39.1 billion, and earmarks money for programs such as the All of Us initiative.

A Senate committee voted unanimously yesterday to approve Kelvin Droegemeier as science advisor, Nature News reports.

The bill, which will go before the House later this year, includes a 5.4 percent increase in National Institutes of Health funding to $39.1 billion.

Areas of Concern

The US National Institutes of Health is investigating concerns that researchers it funded didn't divulge ties to foreign organizations, according to Stat News.

Lawmakers have proposed an amendment to get the US National Institutes of Health to retire its chimps more quickly, Stat News reports.

Science has drawn up a list of topics to discuss with Kelvin Droegemeier, the nominee to direct the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The agency's regulatory plan differs in key areas from a draft of the Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act that had shored up lab industry support.

A US House of Representatives committee calls on the Foundation for the NIH and the CDC Foundation to be more transparent about their donors, Stat News says.

Tell Me, Please

A US senator has sent letters to two biotech and pharmaceutical industry groups to ask about their approaches to handling sexual harassment, according to Stat News.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.