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Biomedical initiatives get top billing in budget rollout

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Science  06 Feb 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6222, pp. 601
DOI: 10.1126/science.347.6222.601

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Days before the release of the overall federal budget request, the White House began talking up two new flagship scientific efforts. The $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative, first mentioned in President Barack Obama's 20 January State of the Union address, aims to advance personalized medicine in part by assembling a database containing genetic and medical information from at least 1 million Americans. The other is a roughly $1.2 billion multiagency effort to combat the mounting public health crisis of antibiotic-resistant infections. The National Institutes of Health, which would receive an overall 3.3% increase to $31.3 billion, would play a key role in both campaigns. The two initiatives have drawn encouraging words from members of Congress in both parties.