Over the weekend, a reader wrote into DrugMonkey and PhysioProf's blog about having received a Freedom of Information Act request from an anonymous physician at another research university for a recently-funded grant. The reader writes that the grant includes unpublished data and the lab's research plan and that after trying to work out a confidentiality agreement with the petitioner, the reader's university hired a lawyer.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.