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. Feb 21, 2020 New York Governor Plans Consortium for Alzheimer's Disease Genetic Research Feb 19, 2020 Cancer, Pathology Organizations Developing Clinical Guidelines for MMR, MSI Testing Feb 11, 2020 Genetic Counselors Medicare Payment Bill Gaining Support Despite 'Scope of Practice' Disagreement Premium Feb 10, 2020 President Trump Calls for 8 Percent Cut to NIH Budget Jan 17, 2020 Revocation of Broad Institute CRISPR Patent Upheld in Europe Jan 14, 2020 Illumina, Genomics England Ink Deal to Sequence up to 300K People Jan 9, 2020 Proteomics Beginning to Grapple With Patient Privacy Questions in Wake of Technology Advances Premium Jan 6, 2020 US Senators Introduce Law to Enable WGS Testing on Children With Rare Diseases Dec 23, 2019 President Trump Signs Spending Package Boosting NIH Budget Dec 19, 2019 Guardant Health Liquid Biopsy Test Gets Expanded Medicare Coverage for Solid Tumors Dec 17, 2019 House Subcommittee Bill Proposes 7 Percent NIH Budget Increase Nov 25, 2019 Mayo Tells Supreme Court Congress Should Clarify Patent Eligibility Confusion in Diagnostics Premium Oct 24, 2019 UK Regulators Propose Blocking $1.2B Illumina, PacBio Deal Oct 23, 2019 National Council on Disability Recommends More Regulation of NIPT Sep 18, 2019 Senate Subcommittee Seeks $3B Boost to NIH Budget Sep 4, 2019 AMP Issues Recommendations to Labs for Responsible PGx Test Offerings Aug 29, 2019 Baylor, Arizona State University Nab $1.6M NIH Grant to Develop Genome Editing Governance Aug 15, 2019 Germline Genome Editing Governance Weighed by International Commission Premium Aug 2, 2019 Legislators Introduce Bill to Increase Whole-Genome Sequencing Access for Pediatric Illnesses Jun 20, 2019 With US Congress Considering Changes to Patent Laws, Dx Stakeholders Offer Differing Views Premium Load More Breaking News New California Condor Genome Assembly Reveals High Genetic Diversity DiaSorin Q1 Revenues Rise 53 Percent on SARS-CoV-2 Testing Demand New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: Bio-Rad, GP-write, Twist Bioscience, KogeneBiotech, More In Brief This Week: Pacific Biosciences, PerkinElmer, Unilabs, and More People in the News: New Appointments at Berkeley Lights, Castle Bio, IsoPlexis, More DermTech Q1 Revenues up 62 Percent The Scan Call to Look Again More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration. Not Always Trusted In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports. Identified Decades Later A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports. Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.