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NIH managers aren't following the advice of review panels and are "giving hundreds of millions of dollars a year to scientists," namely young investigators, "whose projects are deemed less scientifically worthy than those denied money," says the New York Times. From a Government Accountability Office report, the Times says that 19 percent of awarded grants made in 2007 were exceptions, and is nearly double the 2003 level.

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A 50-year-old cold case was cracked using genetic genealogy, the New York Times reports.

NPR reports that some insect pests are now becoming resistant to Bt crops.

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