Roche's approach to buying Illumina may have cost the Swiss drug development and diagnostic firm a chance at the San Diego-based next-generation sequencing firm, Illumina President and CEO Jay Flatley tells Bloomberg.

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

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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