Back-Up Plans

Over at the Science Careers blog, Dan Albert discusses how PIs might best prepare for the possibility that their grants go unfunded. "Even in the best of times, grant funding is extremely competitive. Although the achievements of the applicant are an important factor, other determinants are considered by peer reviewers and program officers: ever-changing program priorities, commitment to complex multidisciplinary projects, and concern for talented young investigators entering the field, for example," Albert says.

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 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

UCSF researchers find that having two X chromosomes may contribute to women's longer lifespans, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's use of genetic approaches to study foodborne illnesses.

In PNAS this week: immune cell profiling of wild baboons by social status, metabolomics profiling of esophageal tumors, and more.