NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A bill in the US House of Representatives that includes funding for the National Institutes of Health has stirred concerns among some of NIH's advocates because it includes several proposals that they say would hinder the NIH in its mission.

The institutes will use mostly standard grant channels to speedily spend $10.4 billion on research and equipment, while adhering to the spending deadline and oversight rules.

The stimulus package aimed at stemming the recession gives NIH a "bold" funding boost for 2009 and 2010.

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.