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Robert Schmitz developed his interest in epigenetics and plant science while an undergraduate at the University of Arizona. There, he was influenced by the work of two prominent plant scientists: Vicki Chandler, who was studying the epigenetic phenomenon known as paramutation in maize, and Richard Jorgensen, who helped define the occurrence of post-transcriptional gene silencing and small RNAs while working with petunias.

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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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In this webinar, the first in the “New Frontiers in Liquid Biopsy Research” series, Bea Bellosillo, head of pathology at the Hospital del Mar, will discuss her experience evaluating an early-access lung cancer panel that detects copy number variants and fusions.