NEW YORK, Sept 28 - Ed Hubbard, CEO of United Devices, a distributed computing hosting company, said Thursday a leading genomics company would sign on as a customer sometime next week.

The unnamed customer is currently testing a version of HMMER for protein sequences as a proof-of-concept for genomics companies and is expected to soon pen a deal.

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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.