By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Illumina has once again rejected Roche's offer to acquire the firm and is urging its shareholders to also reject Roche's slate of nominees for Illumina's board of directors.

Last week, Roche upped its hostile takeover bid from $44.50 to $51 per share — an increase of 15 percent — now valuing the proposed deal at nearly $6.6 billion.

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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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