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Following through on a desire to expand its diagnostics presence into the near-patient testing market and capitalize on a consolidation trend in the diagnostics industry, Beckman Coulter this week said that it would pay $1.55 billion to acquire Biosite.

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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.