San Francisco — In dissecting the many presentations and breakout sessions at the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference here last week, it became clear that in 2006 the multi-platform research tool providers will likely be as active on the acquisition front as they were in 2005, and they will be looking to expand their current product offerings into new applications.

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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.

Representative Lamar Smith's criticism of the National Science Foundation has "changed the nature of the conversation," according to ScienceInsider.

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