NEW YORK, Sept. 14 - Peer review is a fundamental part of the scientific publishing process, so why shouldn’t it be required for software too? A growing number of bioinformatics practitioners are asking this question, prompting an organized effort to encourage public funding agencies to formally support open source software development.

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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.

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