As evidence mounts supporting the role that microRNAs play in a variety of biological processes, researchers are looking for new ways to detect and quantify the short, non-coding, single-stranded RNAs.

In line with this trend, a research team at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel has been looking into the role of miRNAs in viral infection and pathogenesis. However, they found that current methods for detecting miRNAs by real-time quantitative PCR were lacking for their purposes.

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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.

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