James Watson's Double Helix, his account of the discovery of the structure of DNA, was first published in 1968, and the Guardian's Tim Radford takes a look back at it. "I have now read the book four or five times … and it remains startling, and in unexpected ways, startlingly good," Radford 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.