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Francis Crick, who as co-discoverer of the structure of DNA needed no introduction, suffered from colon cancer and died in July at age 88. After his famous find at the Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in 1962, Crick’s research path encompassed embryology, DNA function, and protein synthesis.


Gene Network Sciences named James H. Watson (no, not that one) COO and CFO. Watson was previously president and COO of startup Pathlight Technology.


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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.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

Representative Lamar Smith's criticism of the National Science Foundation has "changed the nature of the conversation," according to ScienceInsider.

In PLOS this week: non-coding RNA function in yeast, transcriptomic profiles of malaria parasites, and more.