In the British Journal of Cancer this week, researchers in the Netherlands analyze the risk of renal cancer and pneumothorax in 35 families with Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome, an autosomal dominant condition caused by mutations in the FLCN gene. The team confirmed a high yield of FLCN mutations in clinically defined BHD families, and found that they carried a substantially increased lifetime risk for renal cancer of 16 percent. The patients also had a 29 percent increased risk for pneumothorax.

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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.