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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US House of Representatives today overwhelmingly voted in favor of a bill that would increase funding to the National Institutes of Health by about $10 billion, help speed the development of new drugs, and advance precision medicine initiatives.

Called the 21st Century Cures Act, the bill was passed by a vote of 344 to 77. It was introduced by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and has 230 co-sponsors.

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