This article previously reported that Cepheid's technology is being used by government health and law-enforcement officials in New York, Nevada, and Florida to investigate reports of anthrax. While Cepheid acknowledges that its DNA-analysis instruments are being used by these agencies, the company cannot comment whether the products are being used in any specific anthrax case in those states.

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Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

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