There have already been some interesting discussions in PubMed Commons, according to NCBI Insights, a blog from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. In a post, it notes that one week into beta phase, there have been 100 comments made in the forum, the same amount that were made over the whole of the development phase.

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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.