Although the recent news about actress Angelina Jolie's decision to opt for mastectomy based on her BRCA1 status might suggest to the public that genomic testing will enable many people to make similar, well-informed decisions, science journalist David Ewing Duncan says that his family's experience shows that there is a long way to go before most people can make such knowledgeable choices.

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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.