White House Lander, Collins Offer Vision for Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health ARPA-H was proposed by President Joe Biden as an entity within the NIH focused on breakthroughs for the prevention, detection, and treatment of diseases. 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 Dec 28, 2020 President Trump Signs FY 2021 Spending Bill to Boost NIH Budget 3 Percent 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 Load More Breaking News Centogene Strikes Rare Disease Target Discovery Deal With Insilico Medicine Dilated Cardiomyopathy Gene Mutations Point to Possible Therapeutic Strategy Ginkgo Bioworks Acquires Massachusetts COVID-19 Testing Firm Mainz Biomed Taps DCN Dx to Aid European Study of Enhanced ColoAlert Assay Parse Biosciences Partners With Research Instruments for Southeast Asia Distribution Thermo Fisher, Oncocyte Ink Development, Comarketing Deal for Cancer IVDs The Scan And a Fourth? A fourth dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in an Israeli study increased antibody levels but did not prevent Omicron variant infections, according to the Financial Times. For Better Science Software A virtual institute funded by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt's philanthropy aims to lure software engineers to academia, Science reports. Recommendation Explanations The New York Times writes that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is straining to both make and explain decisions based on limited information. Genome Research Papers on De Novo Mutation Rates, Polyploid Genotyping, Oncogene Epigenomic Translocation In Genome Research this week: de novo mutations rates in hemoglobin subunits, analysis of variant calling methods for polyploid plants, and more.