Actress and director Angelina Jolie's disclosure in 2013 in a New York Times op-ed that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a BRCA1 gene mutation increasing her risk of breast and ovarian spurred many women to also get tested, according to an AARP Public Policy Institute report.

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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.