NEW YORK, Oct. 13 – In announcing that it had secured a key patent for its robot-controlled manufacturing methods, Packard BioScience Company of Meriden, Conn. said Friday it is gearing up to be a serious competitor in the contentious microarray market.

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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.