Clinical trials in the US are suffering from a lack of patients, says the Los Angeles Times. Americans are not enrolling in clinical trials -- fewer than 5 percent of cancer patients enter clinical trials -- and this is partly due to patients not understanding that they will receive the standard of care, not a placebo, or receive standard care plus the experimental treatment.

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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.