It seems researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have identified a genetic weapon in the greatest crime against potatoes in recent memory.

The group published a paper in Nature Genetics last week exploring how molds in the genus Phytophthora — a critter responsible for infesting potatoes and other crops, like soybeans, tomatoes and avocados — interfere with plants' normal RNA silencing.

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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.