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Changes to NSF Funding Policy

The NSF has made significant changes to its Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide, effective January 5, 2009. The most important is a change in faculty salary reimbursement policy, which will "limit compensation for senior personnel to no more than two months of their regular salary in any one year from all NSF-funded grants." Dave Bacon, an assistant professor in Seattle, is none too happy. "This pretty much eliminates any NSF funded research professors, as far as I can tell," he says at his blog, the Quantum Pontiff.

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.