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The Medical Research Council took a gamble, Sydney Brenner tells the King's Review, when it funded the Cavendish lab, but today such risky investments are rare.

Rather than going into what he dubs apprenticeships, Brenner says graduate students should formulate an idea and pursue that.

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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.