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Going over the so-called fiscal cliff isn't necessarily a bad thing for science, argues Colin Macilwain at Nature. Sequestration — which includes sharp budget cuts across the US budget — will be reached at the end of the year if lawmakers do not come to an agreement on a new budget.

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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.