A commentary published in Nature this week argues that the National Institutes of Health is not meeting its mandate to fund "the best science, by the best scientists."

Indeed, based on an analysis of 1,380 papers published since 2001 that have received 1,000 citations or more — a "proxy" measurement for the influence of the work — the authors found that "three out of five authors of these influential papers do not currently have NIH funding as principal investigators."

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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.