Former Merck CEO Roy Vagelos says NIH shouldn't be playing the drug development game, reports Katherine Hobson on the Wall Street Journal's Health blog. In December, NIH proposed the creation of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, and has been fending off criticism from the research community ever since.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.