This Week in Nature

In the early online edition of Nature this week, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine report generating "one-factor human iPS cells." By expressing only OCT4 — one of the four transcription factors that have been used to reprogram mouse and human somatic cells into iPS cells — they were able to transform human fetal neural stem cells into iPS cells.

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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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