Policy & Legislation News on government policy and legislation impacting life science and diagnostics. 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. ACMG Lobbying State Legislatures on Genetic Counselors' Scope of Practice Draws Criticism Premium The college wants genetic counselors to work with doctors when ordering genetic tests, but not all medical geneticists agree the stance is good for patients. 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. NHGRI Sets Plan to Diversify Genomics Workforce Institute Director Eric Green noted that a lack of diversity in the scientific and clinical workforce has negative consequences for how research is conducted. Dec 28, 2020 President Trump Signs FY 2021 Spending Bill to Boost NIH Budget 3 Percent Dec 22, 2020 Congress Approves 3 Percent Increase in NIH Budget for Fiscal 2021 Nov 19, 2020 FNIH Panel on Gene Drive Regulation Emphasizes Need for Local Community Engagement Premium Nov 12, 2020 PerkinElmer Coronavirus RT-PCR Assay Receives CE Mark for Saliva Use, Sample Pooling Oct 28, 2020 NHGRI Lays Out Strategic Vision, Future Priorities for Genomics Research Sep 10, 2020 UK Government Unveils Plan to Run 500K COVID-19 Tests Per Day Sep 3, 2020 International Commission Deems Germline Genome Editing Not Yet Safe in Human Embryos Premium Jul 24, 2020 European Research Institutes Ask EU to Allow Genome Editing in Crops Jul 14, 2020 House Committee Votes for $5.5B Boost to NIH Budget Jun 1, 2020 ACMG Offers Guidance on Incorporating Genomic Data into Electronic Health Records Apr 16, 2020 NHGRI Publishes Draft of 2020 Strategic Roadmap Apr 10, 2020 Congressional Leaders Seek Coronavirus Test Information From FDA Mar 27, 2020 NIH, CDC to Receive Billions in Additional Funding Under Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Mar 24, 2020 Researchers Establish Genetic Discrimination Observatory Mar 16, 2020 Coronavirus Testing Delays Yield New Oversight Bill, Shine Light on LDT Regulation Debate Mar 16, 2020 House Passes Bill to Cover Coronavirus Testing with Emergency Use Authorization Mar 14, 2020 Trump Administration Highlights Role of Private Sector in Effort to Increase Coronavirus Testing Mar 13, 2020 Responding to Coronavirus Test Shortage, FDA Lets NY State Health Department Authorize Assays Mar 2, 2020 Genome BC Announces C$10M to Study Clinical Genomics Implementation Feb 26, 2020 Congressional Caucus Working to Raise Personalized Medicine Awareness Among Legislators Premium Load More Breaking News 23andMe Stock Soars 22 Percent on Closing of Merger With VG Acquisition Corp IVitalize Acquires Genetic Testing Laboratory Geneus Health GWAS Reveals New Loci Linked to Brain White Matter Microstructure Saga Diagnostics, University College London Cancer Institute Widen Cancer Collaboration New ALS Risk Gene Suggests Role for Apoptosis Weill Cornell Medicine Launches $1.5B Program to Advance Medical Research The Scan Not as High as Hoped The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19. Finding Freshwater DNA A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports. Rise in Payments Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws. Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.