This Week in Nature

Stem-cell researchers led by Andreas Nagy at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and Keisuke Kaji at the University of Edinburgh have bypassed using viral vectors to create iPS cells by inserting pluripotency genes into a "cassette" that also contained the transposon piggyBAC. The two papers appear in the early online edition of Nature.

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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.