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NIH Delivers $1.4 Million Grant to 23andMe to Expand Gene Database

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a $1.4 million 2-year grant to the home genetics startup 23andMe. This funding will help to build survey tools, expand 23andMe’s gene database, and use its genetic database for various research projects. External researchers will be able to access information on thousands of diseases and traits for >400,000 people.

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Senate Confirms New Veterans Affairs Secretary

The Senate unanimously confirmed Robert McDonald, former CEO of Procter & Gamble, as the new Veterans Affairs secretary. Mr. McDonald will be tasked with overhauling the agency that has been plagued with scandal in the past few months.

Mr. McDonald replaces acting VA secretary, Sloan Gibson, who stepped in after Eric Shinseki resigned in May in the wake of growing concerns regarding long wait times and poor care for veterans.

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Inspector General Finds Problems at US Department of Veterans Affairs’ Medical Facilities

Since 2005, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has issued 18 reports indicating scheduling issues, long wait times, and subpar patient care at US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities throughout the United States. None received as much attention or led to as much political scrutiny as the interim report from May 28.

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