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Starting With Bit of a Raise

A draft spending bill would increase the US National Institutes of Health budget by 13 percent for fiscal year 2021, Science reports.

As Science notes, lawmakers in the House of Representatives are beginning to put together their spending packages for fiscal year 2021. According to the Appropriations Committee, the draft bill would provide $47 billion in funding for NIH, $5.5 billion more than its 2020 funding level. This amount, the committee notes, includes $42 billion in annual appropriations and $5 billion in emergency appropriations. Science adds biomedical research lobbyists have called for $31 billion in funding for NIH to help it and the wider biomedical research grapple with the pandemic.

"A $5.5 billion increase for NIH is a really good way to start out the appropriations season," Jennifer Zeitzer, public affairs director for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, tells Science.

It adds, however, that the National Science Foundation would see a smaller funding boost of 3.1 percent under the draft bill.

The Scan

Quality Improvement Study Compares Molecular Tumor Boards, Central Consensus Recommendations

With 50 simulated cancer cases, researchers in JAMA Network Open compared molecular tumor board recommendations with central consensus plans at a dozen centers in Japan.

Lupus Heterogeneity Highlighted With Single-Cell Transcriptomes

Using single-cell RNA sequencing, researchers in Nature Communications tracked down immune and non-immune cell differences between discoid lupus erythematosus and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Rare Disease Clues Gleaned From Mobile Element Insertions in Exome Sequences

With an approach called MELT, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics uncovered mobile element insertions in exomes from 3,232 individuals with or without developmental or neurological abnormalities.

Team Tracks Down Potential Blood Plasma Markers Linked to Heart Failure in Atrial Fibrillation Patients

Researchers in BMC Genomics found 10 differentially expressed proteins or metabolites that marked atrial fibrillation with heart failure cases.