By Monica Heger

This story was originally published July 26.

With commitments for the sequencing of 17,000 tumor genomes in hand and 40 projects already underway, the International Cancer Genome Consortium is ahead of schedule to sequence 25,000 cancer genomes from 50 different body sites by 2018.

In addition, new projects have been added, including two by Cancer Research UK for esophageal and prostate cancers, and a brain cancer project from Genome Canada.

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Congress approved a bill Friday that would increase the US National Institutes of Health's funding by $2 billion for fiscal year 2019.

UK's Labour Party calls for a ban on non-invasive prenatal testing for determining sex, BBC News reports.

Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher warns in a New York Times op-ed that more people are going to need help figuring out what their consumer genetic testing results mean.

In PLOS this week: intra-tumor heterogeneity patterns, genomic analysis of Thoroughbred horse origins, and more.