Passing the Hat

A week after Hurricane Sandy destroyed part of New York University's medical research laboratories, including 40 strains of mice crucial for neuroscience research, the crowdfunding site Microryza has kicked off an effort to support recovery efforts at the university.

Microryza says it's waiving its standard processing fee so that all funds collected go directly to NYU.

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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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