During the Wharton Global Alumni Forum held in San Francisco in June, Jeremy Siegel and Craig Venter "unknowingly connected two wires and illuminated a light bulb in my head," writes Jeffrey Sheehan from the University of Pennsylvania at Business Insider. Siegel, also at UPenn, spoke of research productivity — specifically, that "the rate of discovery ...

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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.