MARCO ISLAND, Fla., Feb. 6  (GenomeWeb News) - At a conference where scientists willingly forego the start of the annual party to stay late at a session debating the merits of finished versus high-quality draft sequence, there seems to be little concern that the number of vendors has dropped significantly or that overall attendance is down from years past.

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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.