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Australian researchers led by Cathy Jensen looked into whether SNPs associated with risk of multiple sclerosis also affect the severity of the disease. To do so, they genotyped seven SNPs in more than a thousand people with MS and correlated that with clinical outcome measures such as age of onset, MS severity score, and the time interval between first demyelinating event and first relapse. The researchers found no association between those clinical outcomes and the SNPs under study.

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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.