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WASHINGTON — A new research agency aimed at developing breakthrough medical technologies won’t be housed within the National Institutes of Health, a key lawmaker said on Wednesday.

Instead, the agency, known as ARPA-H, will exist as a distinct unit within the Department of Health and Human Services, said Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.).


In a brief interview, Eshoo said that two House lawmakers who had pushed to create the new agency as a unit within NIH — Reps. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.) — had backed off their positions.

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