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A Big Task

President Barack Obama is to name Donald Berwick, a professor of pediatrics and health-policy at Harvard Medical School, to lead Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service, reports the Wall Street Journal's Health Blog. The paper adds that Berwick — if confirmed — would be taking on big challenges.

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Harold Varmus, a former NIH director, says that proposed reductions to the agency's budget are worrisome.

The Genome 10K project is to sequence about 10,000 vertebrate genomes, including ones of endangered species, Digital Trends reports.

The new Coalition to Save NIH Funding aims to educate lawmakers and the public on the significance of biomedical research.

In PLOS this week: analysis of viral sequences from human blood samples, gut microbiomes of heart failure patients, and more.