Former Merck CEO Roy Vagelos says NIH shouldn't be playing the drug development game, reports Katherine Hobson on the Wall Street Journal's Health blog. In December, NIH proposed the creation of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, and has been fending off criticism from the research community ever since.

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.