Researchers from Tekmira Pharmaceuticals last week published new data showing that siRNAs targeting Marburg virus that have been formulated with the company's lipid nanoparticles could provide up to 100 percent post-exposure protection against infection in guinea pig models.

The work, Tekmira President and CEO Mark Murray said in a statement, builds off of the firm's ongoing clinical program in Ebola virus and lay "a foundation for future infectious disease therapeutics."

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Under a proposed spending bill, the US National Institutes of Health would see an additional $3 billion in funding.

Robert Redfield, the new pick to lead the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has faced criticism for some of his work.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney sequenced numerous platypus genomes to study their population history.

In Nature this week: sequenced genomes of five additional Neanderthals, and more.

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