Ending the Odyssey

With an infusion of $43 million, the US National Institutes of Health aims to "clear a backlog of medical cold cases, using dazzling new tools now at the disposal of medical sleuths," the Los Angeles Times 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.

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