A US lawmaker has introduced a resolution to recognize Charles Darwin's birthday February 12thas Darwin Day, the Huffington Post reports.

Representative Jim Himes (D-Conn.), who put forth the resolution alongside 11 other House Democrats, argues that Darwin should be recognized for his contributions to how people view the natural world.

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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.