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.

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Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

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