The Seven Stones blog points out that James Watson's racist remarks comes at a time of exploding interest into natural human genetic variation through genomic studies. In Nature in the past few weeks there have been at lest seven papers concentrating on human variation. "The extraordinary development of the field of human genomics will inevitably lead to important questions on the social and ethical implications of this research.

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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.