Improbable Research is "calling all bearded scientists near DC" to convene this weekend to meet Manuel Barbieto, the first author on a study that aimed to assess the " microbiological laboratory hazard of bearded men." Barbieto and his colleagues at the Industrial Health and Safety Office in Frederick, Md., showed in a 1967 Applied and Environmental Microbiology paper that labora

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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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