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From All Sides

"Bottom line: we’re not imagining declines on every front," says Writedit at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship. An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association examines the state of biomedical research funding in the US. The researchers say that, with adjustments for inflation, funding between 2003 and 2007 had a compound annual growth rate of 3.4 percent while 1994 to 2003 increased at an annual rate of 7.8 percent. Writedit points out that there is also a decline in industry-supported academic research, and an accompanying editorial in JAMA notes that other sources indicate a decline in that funding as well. The data “make a strong case for more consistent, coordinated, data-driven, and sustainable decisions regarding biomedical research funding,” writes Thomas Boat in the editorial.

The Scan

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.

Study Highlights Pitfall of Large Gene Panels in Clinical Genomic Analysis

An analysis in Genetics in Medicine finds that as gene panels get larger, there is an increased chance of uncovering benign candidate variants.

Single-Cell Atlas of Drosophila Embryogenesis

A new paper in Science presents a single-cell atlas of fruit fly embryonic development over time.

Phage Cocktail Holds Promise for IBD

Researchers uncovered a combination phage therapy that targets Klebsiella pneumonia strains among individuals experiencing inflammatory bowel disease flare ups, as they report in Cell.