This Week in Nature

In news, the Boston-based Autism Consortium released raw genotype data from 4,250 individuals — including people with autism, their parents and their siblings. Collaborating lead investigators Aravinda Chakravarti of Johns Hopkins and Mark Daly of the Autism Consortium hope to identify key variants over the next several months.

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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.

In Nature this week: sequenced genomes of five additional Neanderthals, and more.