Genetics & Genomics Policy & Legislation

News on government policy and legislation impacting life science and diagnostics.

The bipartisan bill passed both the House and Senate by large margins and increases the NIH's budget by 5.4 percent over its fiscal 2018 funding level.

The increase is part of a larger appropriations package that has cleared the Senate and has now been sent to President Trump for his signature.

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.

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.

The protocol could lead to greater regulatory harmonization in Europe, where every country has its own national legislation covering genetic testing.

The US National Institutes of Health has developed guidelines to gauge whether frail chimpanzees are healthy enough to be moved to a retirement sanctuary.

Osamu Shimomura, who won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on green fluorescent protein, has died.

In PLOS this week: analytical approach for finding new genetic associations, analysis of Streptococcus pyogenes-infecting viruses, and more.

Stat News reports that the head of IBM Watson Health is leaving her post.