Make It a Double

Newt Gingrich, the Republican speaker of the US House of Representatives in the mid-to-late 1990s, calls for a doubling of the National Institutes of Health budget in a New York Times op-ed. Gingrich says such a move makes sense for both "our fiscal health and our personal health."

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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.