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President Trump Signs FY 2021 Spending Bill to Boost NIH Budget 3 Percent

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump on Sunday signed a spending package for fiscal 2021 that includes a 3 percent increase to the National Institutes of Health budget.

The bill, which Congress overwhelmingly approved last week, provides the NIH with an additional $1.25 billion in funds, bringing its FY 2021 budget to roughly $42.9 billion. The legislation also raises the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's budget by $125 million to $7.9 billion, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services funding remaining flat at $4 billion.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.