The US Congress is encouraging the National Institutes of Health to take a leaf out of DARPA's book and offer prizes as a way to incentivize research, ScienceInsider's Kelly Servick reports.

Servick notes that the 21st Century Cures Bill, passed by the House of Representatives last week, includes a provision to start such competitions at NIH.

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Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

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