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Blaine Bettinger blogs that he "strongly support[s] the individual's right to their own genetic information via DTC testing." He points to an article at Reason Online that addresses the question of federal regulation of direct-to-consumer genetic tests.

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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.