Within the Bounds

A paper appearing in Gut earlier this week reports that exercise can influence the gut microbiome, though others in the field argue that these findings may be correlation rather than causation.

In the study, researchers from University College Cork and elsewhere compared the gut microbiomes of professional rugby players and male controls of similar age and physical size from similar areas.

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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.