There are more men with moustaches in leadership positions at academic medical departments in the US than women, according to an analysis appearing in the British Journal of Medicine. The study appears in the journal's holiday edition, which generally publishes offbeat, though still peer-reviewed papers.

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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.