As MIT celebrates its 150th anniversary this month, the Guardian's Ed Pilkington wonders, "what makes the university such a fertile ground for brilliant ideas?" For the past 150 years, MIT has led the way in scientific innovation, as its professors discovered the telephone, electromagnets, radar, office photocopiers, myriad cancer treatments, pocket calculators, computers, the internet, lasers, the code of the human genome, and more, Pilkington says.

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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.

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