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At the Bio-IT World conference in Boston this week, the Bioinformatics Organization presented Alex Bateman with the annual Benjamin Franklin Award for activities involving open access in the life sciences.

Bateman, a bioinformatics researcher at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, developed the Pfam and Rfam databases to help classify the world of proteins and RNA, respectively. Pfam, launched in 1997, contains 12,000 families grouping the approximately 15 million proteins now known. Rfam kicked off in 2003.

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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.