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The US Senate has unanimously passed a $2 trillion stimulus package to address the coronavirus, the New York Times reports.

The team believes that the project will find genetic factors involved in the development of severe COVID-19 in patients that lack risk factors. 

Seeking an Exemption

According to the Washington Post, an NIH researcher has been stymied in getting an exemption to use fetal tissue to study possible COVID-19 treatments.

In Science this week: sequencing of diverse human genomes gives insight into genetic variation and population history, commentary on data sharing, and more.

The authors of the study noted that these genetic findings could guide better clinical decisions for patients and improve outcomes.

And Then for All

NIH Director Francis Collins describes at Forbes how the agency is working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop gene-based treatments for sickle cell disease and HIV for sub-Saharan Africa.

The US House of Representatives has passed an emergency funding bill to address the COVID-19 outbreak, the New York Times reports.

More than 339,000 people have now consented to be part of the program, and more than 265,000 participants have completed the full program protocol.

Multi-omics approaches can give insight into the gut microbiome and more, but there are still challenges to address, speakers at the ABRF meeting said.

Add the Missing Data

A federal judge has ruled that drug companies, device manufacturers, and universities need to provide missing clinical data from hundreds of trials to a federal website, ScienceInsider reports.

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Nature News reports that recent proposed changes to the US National Science Foundation have raised concerns about a shift away from the agency's focus on basic research.

Noel Rose, the "father of autoimmunity," has died at 92, the Washington Post reports.

According to CNN, Legionella was discovered in buildings leased by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they reopened following coronavirus pandemic-related closures.

In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of malaria parasite populations in Southeast Asia, genomic surveillance of yellow fever virus in São Paulo, and more.