Blogger Trevor at Epigenetics News follows up on a Washington Post article about FDA approval for cloned animal products (meats, milk, and so forth). What the FDA doesn't address, Trevor says, are the "epigenetic abnormalities" found in cloned animals. "Researchers are only beginning to unravel the role that epigenetics plays in the long-term health and viability of cloned organisms," he writes.

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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.