Blue Lab Coats blogger DrdrA provides advice on crafting "useful" grant reviews. Reviews, she says, can "be very instructive if correctly written," though "totally useless if not carefully done." Considering that "more often than not, someone's career is on the line," DrdrA recommends that potential reviewers seriously consider whether they can dedicate the time and effort required to deliver the "most careful review" possible.

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