About 60 researchers from 18 Canadian research institutions are in the process of establishing a research network to investigate three prion diseases in an effort to develop vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics for the fatal illnesses.

The researchers will use both proteomic and genomic techniques to try to find biomarkers for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or "mad cow" disease; Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human form of mad cow disease; and Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal prion disease present in captive and wild cervids, including deer and elk.

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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.