NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A bipartisan budget agreement released by Senate leaders on Wednesday would raise the budget of the National Institutes of Health by $2 billion over the next two years.

The long-term spending deal comes amid efforts by lawmakers to avoid another government shutdown, and includes lifting the national debt limit through March 1, 2019, along with "structural reforms to Medicare" and boosts to defense funding.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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