Seema Verma has been confirmed as the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in a 55-to-43 vote that was largely along party lines, the Wall Street Journal reports. CMS is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Oxford Nanopore Technologies is looking into dual listings in London and Hong Kong, according to the South China Morning Post.

The New York Times looks into medical research funding in the US and how the grant system might not be funding the best work.

US lawmakers proposed increasing the National Science Foundation budget, including its facilities account, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: effects of gene deletions on bacterial metabolic networks, genetic responses to sea star wasting disease, and more.