This Week in Science

The big news in Science this week is that Human Microbiome Project researchers sequenced 16S ribosomal RNA genes at 20 distinct skin sites from healthy humans and found bacteria from 18 different phyla. The most diverse came from the forearm and the most similar were from those living behind the knees, in the elbow, and behind the ear.

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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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