In The Observer, Cambridge University physics professor Athene Donald says the research community needs to end the "macho culture" that drives women away from the science, and should instead encourage women to bring their talents to the various scientific disciplines. In the UK, for example, 22 percent of girls in school choose to study physics and 7 percent of physics professors are women, she says.

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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.