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The BBC's Pallab Ghosh says that what journal you publish in has becoming increasingly important. Now, he says, grants go "almost exclusively to researchers who have published in a handful of top scientific journals." Peter Lawrence, an emeritus professor at the University of Cambridge, tells Ghosh that getting a grant "was never a very accurate process in the past.

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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.