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President Trump Signs Spending Package Boosting NIH Budget

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump on Friday signed a $1.4 trillion spending package for fiscal year 2020 that includes a six percent increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health.

Under the budget, the NIH will receive $41.46 billion, which includes increases for each of the agency's institutes and centers. The National Science Foundation is getting a 2.5 percent boost in its budget for FY2020 to $8.3 billion, while the US Food and Drug Administration gets an additional $91 million in discretionary funding for a total of $3.16 billion.

In his proposed budget plan for FY2020, President Trump had sought a 12 percent decrease in NIH funding.

The Scan

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.