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All Things Being Equal

At his blog, Mike the Mad Biologist writes that he has long been in favor of NIH issuing more targeted RFAs and allowing program officers more discretion in awarding grants. A fellow blogger, DrugMonkey found that under the new NIH scoring system, impact scores tend to cluster. "I like that the POs are going to have to look at the tied applications and really think about them," DrugMonkey writes. "It doesn't guarantee a given PO will come to the decision that you or I would, but at least they have to make a decision based on something related to the content of the application." Mike the Mad Biologist agrees, adding that "removing some decision making from study sections, and returning it to the NIH, that's a very good step."

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.