White House Biden Administration Commits $1.7B to SARS-CoV-2 Variant Sequencing, Surveillance Of the total, $1 billion will be used to expand viral genome sequencing while the remainder will fund genomic epidemiology centers and new bioinformatics infrastructure. NCI Director Sharpless Outlines Ideas to Aggressively Lower Cancer Deaths At the AACR Annual Meeting, Sharpless said NCI should focus on improving early screening, access to trials, and development of advanced drugs to realize President Biden's goal of eradicating cancer. Biden Administration Will Provide $1.6B to Improve COVID-19 Testing and Sequencing The administration will expand COVID-19 testing for schools and underserved populations, increase manufacturing of testing supplies, and increase genomic sequencing. People in the News: Broad Institute's Eric Lander Named White House Science Advisor; More President Trump Signs FY 2021 Spending Bill to Boost NIH Budget 3 Percent The bill, which Congress overwhelmingly approved last week, also includes additional funding for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Apr 16, 2020 IBM Opens Up Informatics Toolkit to Accelerate COVID-19 Research, Drug Development Mar 27, 2020 NIH, CDC to Receive Billions in Additional Funding Under Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Mar 14, 2020 Trump Administration Highlights Role of Private Sector in Effort to Increase Coronavirus Testing Feb 10, 2020 President Trump Calls for 8 Percent Cut to NIH Budget Dec 23, 2019 President Trump Signs Spending Package Boosting NIH Budget Mar 11, 2019 White House Proposes 12 Percent Cut to NIH Budget in Fiscal 2020 Mar 23, 2018 President Trump Signs Spending Bill, Boosting NIH Budget Feb 12, 2018 White House Proposes 27 Percent Cut in NIH Funding in FY 2019, Then Suggests $9.2B Infusion Aug 21, 2017 Rapid DNA Act Signed Into Law Jun 27, 2017 Bidens Launch Cancer Initiative to Preserve Momentum, Push Forward Moonshot Priorities Jun 7, 2017 Trump to Retain Collins as NIH Director May 23, 2017 Trump Calls for 18 Percent Cut to NIH Budget in FY 2018 May 8, 2017 Trump Signs Budget Into Law, NIH to Get $2B Increase Mar 28, 2017 White House Proposes $1.2B Cut to NIH Budget in 2017 Mar 20, 2017 In Current Political Climate, Can Precision Medicine Initiative Enroll Underrepresented Groups? Mar 16, 2017 Trump Budget Blueprint Would Slash NIH Funding by 20 Percent Dec 29, 2016 Cures Act Gives Precision Medicine Proponents, Diagnostics Companies Reasons to Celebrate Premium Dec 14, 2016 President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act Into Law Dec 8, 2016 US Senate Passes 21st Century Cures Act Oct 17, 2016 White House Unveils New Initiatives to Advance Cancer Moonshot Load More Breaking News Sequencing Study Uncovers MERS-Related Coronavirus in Swiss Bats Angstrom Bio Raises $3M in Private Financing Eagle Biosciences, Genetic Analysis Ink Distribution Agreement for Gut Microbiota Test Centogene Q1 Revenues Grow More Than Fivefold Driven by COVID-19 Testing Epizyme Partnering With Quest Diagnostics for Lymphoma Mutation Testing Enzo Biochem, CLX Health Partner to Support COVID-19 Testing for International Travel The Scan CDC Calls Delta "Variant of Concern" CNN reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 to be a "variant of concern." From FDA to Venture Capital Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn is taking a position at a venture capital firm, leading some ethicists to raise eyebrows, according to the Washington Post. Consent Questions Nature News writes that there are questions whether informed consent was obtained for some submissions to a database of Y-chromosome profiles. Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.