Using ferretin protein to aliquot nano-quantities of iron oxyhydroxide, Temple University nanotechnologist Daniel Strongin is investigating whether nano-amounts of iron can clean up the environment better than bulk iron.

Strongin is one of a handful of researchers who uses proteins to help investigate the properties of nanoparticles — tiny molecules between one and 100 nanometers in size that are of interest because they have properties that are different from their bulk counterparts.

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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.