The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Scott Gottlieb as the commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration by a 57 to 42 vote.

A former deputy commissioner at the FDA during the George W. Bush administration, Gottlieb is a former hospitalist and fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. He also has extensive ties with several healthcare companies, including pharmaceutical firms.

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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.

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