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Trump Asks Collins to Stay On at NIH

By Tracy Vence | January 20, 2017

Update: The president has extended his request from staying on as NIH director during the transition to a formal appointment.

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Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. 

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First Bumblebee Species Declared Endangered in U.S.

By Kerry Grens | January 11, 2017

The federal government concludes the rusty patched bumblebee is nearing extinction.

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The US House of Representatives “Select Investigative Panel” recommends that the NIH investigate fetal tissue research, and consider no longer funding certain types. 

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NIH: Allergen-Exposure Strategy Can Prevent Peanut Allergy

By Joshua A. Krisch | January 5, 2017

In light of recent allergen-exposure studies, an agency-sponsored panel has formally recommended early introduction of peanuts in an effort to prevent potentially life-threatening allergies.

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image: Cheetah Range Drops 90 Percent

Cheetah Range Drops 90 Percent

By Kerry Grens | December 27, 2016

Estimating only 7,100 individuals remaining, researchers urge a reclassification of the species from vulnerable to endangered.

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Biomedical Research Bill Approved in House

By Ben Andrew Henry | December 1, 2016

The 21st Century Cures Act could provide funds to federal research agencies for the decade and accelerate the drug approval process.

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Trump Announces HHS, CMS Picks

By Joshua A. Krisch | November 30, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump chooses Representative Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Seema Verma to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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The National Institutes of Health is hosting a two-day conference on how the virus affects infants and children. The take-home message so far: microcephaly is but one of many potential problems for Zika-exposed fetuses.

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Ocean Viruses Cataloged

By Jef Akst | September 21, 2016

An international research team triples the number of known virus types found in marine environments. 

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