More than 10 years ago, the US National Security Agency was monitoring international research projects with the aim of spotting "nefarious" genetic engineering projects, Gizmodo reports.

A new document from the trove leaked by Edward Snowden in 2013 claims that the signals intelligence program was sifting through electronic and communication data it collected for information on genetic sequencing efforts, it adds.

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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.