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NIH budget, post-traumatic stress, climate remediation…

This week in USA in brief: Senate proposes $1bn boost to NIH budget; Post-traumatic stress study ‘at standstill’; Climate remediation research programme urged; Personalised medicine facility launched; Near-releases of dangerous materials; FDA plans external scientific experts network.

Senate proposes $1bn boost to NIH budget

The National Institutes of Health could see its budget rise by 3.3 per cent to $31.7 billion (€2.3bn) in fiscal year 2012, under a draft appropriations measure released by the House Appropriations Committee on 29 September. The figure, which would amount to a $1bn increase for the agency, is significantly more generous than the 0.6 per cent NIH budget cut approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on 21 September. A reconciliation between the two proposals will be needed to determine the agency’s budget for the financial year, which started on 1 October.

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