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Cell lines aren't always what they are supposed to be, notes NPR's Richard Harris. A DNA test of a cancer cell line done a few years ago revealed that the supposed breast cancer cell line was, in actuality, a melanoma cell line.

But more than a thousand papers, Harris notes, had been published on the cell line, and despite articles being published revealing its contamination, some researchers continue to use it.

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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.