In March of 2009, the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council instituted a new grant application system — researchers will be banned from applying for research funding for 12 months if they've had three or more proposals ranked in the bottom half of a funding prioritization list during the past two years, or have had less than 25 percent of the proposals funded in that time, DrugMonkey writes.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

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The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

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