In a recent New York Times opinion column, author and Columbia University professor Siddhartha Mukherjee says three recent events show what challenges lie ahead for "cancer-control agencies" as they try to stem the tide of the disease. First, a World Health Organization panel added cell phones to a list of possible risks for brain cancer, then the National Toxicology Program succeeded in classifying formaldehyde as a carcinogen, Mukherjee says.

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Under a proposed spending bill, the US National Institutes of Health would see an additional $3 billion in funding.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney sequenced numerous platypus genomes to study their population history.

Robert Redfield, the new pick to lead the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has faced criticism for some of his work.

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