The Big Prize

In a modern revival of an early 18th century engineering competition that changed the world, the citizens of the UK have chosen antibiotic resistance as a critical scientific problem and are offering a $17 million prize to anyone who can develop faster ways to detect resistant microbes, the BBC reports.

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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.