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Former National Institutes of Health Director Elias Zerhouni has joined Danaher's board, the company said this week.

Zerhouni was appointed to fill a vacancy, the company said, adding that his initial term expires at the company's 2011 annual meeting.

Zerhouni was director of the NIH from 2002 to 2008. He currently is senior advisor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is a senior fellow for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Program.

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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.