Don't celebrate that stimulus plan so fast, says Jake Young at Pure Pedantry. The current draft of the plan in US Congress includes a provision for $10 billion to fund research, science facilities, and instruments -- which has Young blogging that "the infusion of such a large quantity of money into NIH and NSF over so short a period would be a disaster of Biblical proportions." Why so glum?

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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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