NIH Can Do Better

DrugMonkey answers questions that a blogger posted regarding underrepresented faculty and the NIH's policies on increasing funding for them. He says that underrepresentation of many ethnic minorities goes all up and down the academic ranks, not just at the PI level and suggests minorities check out the NIH program called Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related 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.