NIH Director Francis Collins says he has probably personally visited with more than 100 members of Congress in the last year, at NIH's headquarters or down on Capitol Hill, as part of his campaign to combat sequestration.

"I can't tell you a single one of those meetings that went badly," he tells the Huffington Post's Sam Stein.

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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.