Near the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Boston, researchers rallied behind science, the Associated Press and others report.

"We're really trying to send a message today to Mr. Trump that America runs on science, science is the backbone of our prosperity and progress," Geoffrey Supran, a postdoc at Harvard University and MIT, tells the AP.

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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.