NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — James Watson this morning resigned as chancellor and board member of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, two weeks after comments he made that blacks are genetically inferior to whites sparked widespread public condemnation.

He disclosed his decision in a rambling e-mail six days after CSHL suspended him from his duties as chancellor as a result of his “racist” remarks.

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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.