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Bill to Protect NIH from Cuts Introduced

Legislation introduced this week would make the US National Institutes of Health funding a non-discretionary program, The Hill's Floor Action blog reports.

This bill, introduced by Reps. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), would make the agency's funding no longer subject to the yearly congressional budget process, much like funding for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid is, the Floor Action blog says. Castor and Butterfield also say that it would protect NIH funding from spending cuts and shutdown threats.

"Today, funding for medical research is discretionary and at the mercy of the budget battles in Congress," Castor adds. "This harms momentum towards cures and creates economic uncertainty."

The Scan

WHO OKs Emergency Use of Sinopharm Vaccine

The World Health Organization has granted emergency approval for Sinopharm's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, the Guardian reports.

Scientific Integrity Panel to Meet

According to the Associated Press, a new US scientific integrity panel is to meet later this week.

Trying in the Eye

NPR reports that a study of Editas Medicine's CRISPR therapy for Leber congenital amaurosis has begun.

PLOS Papers on Cerebellum Epigenetics, Copy Number Signature Tool, Acute Lung Injury Networks

In PLOS this week: epigenetics analysis of brain tissue, bioinformatics tool to find copy number signatures in cancer, and more.