Genealogy an "extreme sport?" In its latest installment in a series of articles exploring the "DNA Age," this New York Times piece probes the lengths to which amateur genealogists go in order to get the goods: DNA sequences of their closest living relatives.

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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.