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Many researchers are developing lab-on-a-chip devices that can be used to identify viruses, chemicals, or chromosomal aberrations using just a drop of blood, writes Alok Jha at The Guardian. "The platform blurs nanotechnology, biotechnology, and micro-electronics. And it is not specific to medicine," he says. The advantage of this approach is that not only can it be done outside of a lab, but it also requires small samples.

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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.