In January, US President George W. Bush signed into law the NIH Reform Bill, the first such overhaul of the NIH in the past 13 years. Though NIH funding will remain relatively flat in 2007, the bill will shift funding policy and essentially give Director Elias Zerhouni control of an eventual five percent of the agency’s total annual budget.

Though the budget increase is good news for systems biology, there is concern that the new focus on cross-agency research will come at the cost of established programs at NIH’s individual institutes and centers.

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An analysis has examined the makeup of researchers on Twitter and what they share, Nature News reports.

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