NIH spends more than $21 billion a year on research grants, reports Boston.com's Karen Weintraub. But now the federal institution wants to review how much benefit all this money is bringing to science, launching a program called STAR METRICS to monitor the impact of the dollars it grants.

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Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.

The New York Times reports that evidence linking trauma in one generation to epigenetic effects that influence subsequent generations may be overstated.

ScienceInsider reports that US National Institutes of Health researchers were told in the fall they could not obtain new human fetal tissue.

In PNAS this week: skin pigmentation evolution among KhoeSan, biomarkers for dengue virus progression, and more.