NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A major federal spending bill that appears poised for passage by the US Congress would provide a roughly $1 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2014, compared with last year, when the sequestration cut NIH's budget by around $1.55 billion.

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