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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – President Donald Trump today signed into law a $1.3 trillion government spending package that includes a $3 billion increase in funding to the National Institutes of Health, boosting the agency's fiscal 2018 budget to $37.1 billion.

The omnibus appropriations bill was unveiled by Congressional leaders on Wednesday night and was quickly passed by the House and Senate with bipartisan support. It funds the government through the end of September.

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A letter criticizing actions by the US government and research institutions toward Chinese and Chinese-American scientists has garnered more than a hundred signatories.

NPR reports that researchers in New York are investigating whether it is possible to edit the genomes of human sperm.

In an opinion piece at the Nation, Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher argues that everyone should be able to access prenatal genetic testing.

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