A group of researchers from Stanford University have done what scientists have been trying to do for years, says Not Exactly Rocket Science's Ed Yong — they have identified a quartet of proteins that can be used together to transform human skin cells into working neurons.

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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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