NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – There are hundreds of genomic regions that are uniquely regulated in the human brain as compared to other primates, an international team of researchers reported in PLOS Biology this week.

The researchers homed in on the prefrontal cortex of the brain as it is involved in complex cognitive functions, and changes to its transcriptome are thought to be behind human cognitive abilities as well as disorders.

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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.

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