Three groups of researchers have found the BRCA2 protein that is believed to contribute to inherited cases of breast and ovarian cancer, reports New Scientist's Jessica Hamzelou. It's been known that mutations in the BRCA2 gene can cause DNA damage leading to cancer, but until now, the protein has been difficult to isolate.

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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.