Arrowhead Research said this week that it has expanded its portfolio of drug-delivery technologies through the acquisition of privately held Alvos Therapeutics for roughly $2.1 million in stock.

According to Arrowhead, Alvos has rights to a platform of proprietary human-derived homing peptides developed by the MD Anderson Cancer Center. These targeting agents can be linked to siRNAs and small molecules to carry drugs to target cells.

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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.

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