Two New York City high school students took to the streets to collect more than 200 samples, including hair from classmates, food, and cockroaches, to examine their DNA barcodes, reports NPR's health blog Shot. Brenda Tan and Matt Cost confirmed that their classmates were human (shucks) and identified some mislabeled food. They might have, though, identified a new species of cockroach.

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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.