Policy & Legislation News on government policy and legislation impacting life science and diagnostics. Biden Administration Commits $1.7B to SARS-CoV-2 Variant Sequencing, Surveillance Of the total, $1 billion will be used to expand viral genome sequencing while the remainder will fund genomic epidemiology centers and new bioinformatics infrastructure. NCI Director Sharpless Outlines Ideas to Aggressively Lower Cancer Deaths At the AACR Annual Meeting, Sharpless said NCI should focus on improving early screening, access to trials, and development of advanced drugs to?realize President Biden's goal of eradicating cancer. ACMG Lobbying State Legislatures on Genetic Counselors' Scope of Practice Draws Criticism Premium The college wants genetic counselors to work with doctors when ordering genetic tests, but not all medical geneticists agree the stance is good for patients. Biden Administration Will Provide $1.6B to Improve COVID-19 Testing and Sequencing The administration will expand COVID-19 testing for schools and underserved populations, increase manufacturing of testing supplies, and increase genomic sequencing. NHGRI Sets Plan to Diversify Genomics Workforce Institute Director Eric Green noted that a lack of diversity in the scientific and clinical workforce has negative consequences for how research is conducted. Dec 28, 2020 President Trump Signs FY 2021 Spending Bill to Boost NIH Budget 3 Percent Dec 22, 2020 Congress Approves 3 Percent Increase in NIH Budget for Fiscal 2021 Nov 19, 2020 FNIH Panel on Gene Drive Regulation Emphasizes Need for Local Community Engagement Premium Nov 12, 2020 PerkinElmer Coronavirus RT-PCR Assay Receives CE Mark for Saliva Use, Sample Pooling Oct 28, 2020 NHGRI Lays Out Strategic Vision, Future Priorities for Genomics Research Sep 10, 2020 UK Government Unveils Plan to Run 500K COVID-19 Tests Per Day Sep 3, 2020 International Commission Deems Germline Genome Editing Not Yet Safe in Human Embryos Premium Jul 24, 2020 European Research Institutes Ask EU to Allow Genome Editing in Crops Jul 14, 2020 House Committee Votes for $5.5B Boost to NIH Budget Jun 1, 2020 ACMG Offers Guidance on Incorporating Genomic Data into Electronic Health Records Apr 16, 2020 NHGRI Publishes Draft of 2020 Strategic Roadmap Apr 10, 2020 Congressional Leaders Seek Coronavirus Test Information From FDA Mar 27, 2020 NIH, CDC to Receive Billions in Additional Funding Under Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Mar 24, 2020 Researchers Establish Genetic Discrimination Observatory Mar 16, 2020 Coronavirus Testing Delays Yield New Oversight Bill, Shine Light on LDT Regulation Debate Mar 16, 2020 House Passes Bill to Cover Coronavirus Testing with Emergency Use Authorization Mar 14, 2020 Trump Administration Highlights Role of Private Sector in Effort to Increase Coronavirus Testing Mar 13, 2020 Responding to Coronavirus Test Shortage, FDA Lets NY State Health Department Authorize Assays Mar 2, 2020 Genome BC Announces C$10M to Study Clinical Genomics Implementation Feb 26, 2020 Congressional Caucus Working to Raise Personalized Medicine Awareness Among Legislators Premium Load More Breaking News Pediatric Medulloblastoma Subgroups May Benefit from Lower-Dose Radiation Therapy Space Radiation Shows Limited Effects on Mammalian Sperm DNA, Fertility Bluestar Genomics Sues Former Consultant, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Over IP Ownership New Products Posted to GenomeWeb: 10x Genomics, Swift Biosciences, Agilent Technologies, More In Brief This Week: Quantum-Si, TGen, Yale, and More People in the News: New Appointments at Invitae, PGDx, Oxford Nanopore, PacBio, More The Scan Fertility Fraud Found Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today. Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports. Test Warning The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK. Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.