Research in the UK

Britain is tops among research-heavy nations, according to a report from the UK's Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills. While the UK accounts for 0.9 percent of the global population, it produces nearly 16 percent of the world's most highly cited papers, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

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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.