"The choice is pretty clear: the Republican candidates favor the teaching of creationist dogma in the science classroom," blogs Steve Salzberg. He posts about the candidates' ideas on whether to teach intelligent design alongside evolution, and while it's clear that Palin supports teaching both, McCain "has waffled." Both Obama and Biden are for teaching evolution alone, and Salzberg thinks this is the only way to save US science education.

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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.