Kathy Hudson, the director of Johns Hopkins Genetics & Public Policy Center, will be NIH director Francis Collins's chief of staff, reports Science Insider. As part of that job, Hudson plans to work with FDA to oversee genetic testing, which she advocated while at Hopkins.

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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.