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Some 300 research chimpanzees are heading into retirement, the New York Times reports. US President Barack Obama signed a bill Wednesday authorizing the use of funds to support the chimps in their retirement; the funds were originally allocated to pay for their keep in research labs.

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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.

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