For $150 a month, anyone near Sunnyvale, Calif., can become a member of BioCurious, a community biotech research lab, writes Geek.com's Ray Walters. According to the lab's Web site, it is equipped with an autoclave as well as equipment for electrophoresis and PCR, and the lab offers classes.
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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.