Born to be Bad?

It wasn't that long ago that NIH withdrew funds for a conference on the genetics of crime after many in the scientific community complained "that the idea smacked of eugenics" and racism, says The New York Times' Patricia Cohen.

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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.

In Nature this week: sequenced genomes of five additional Neanderthals, and more.