Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Collins on Funding

NIH Director Francis Collins tells the Chronicle of Higher Education that universities should not be so reliant on federal grants and should direct more of their funds to young researchers. At some schools, faculty members may derive all their income from NIH funds as they run multiple research projects and “that turns that investigator into a grant-writing machine perhaps more than a doing-of-science machine," Collins says. For getting funds to young investigators, Collins is focusing on universities and says NIH is encouraging institutes to implement fellowship programs. As for 2011 funding, Collins says: "I don't think anybody right now imagines an outcome where the annual expenditures on biomedical research in FY11 will be as good as they were in FY10."

The Scan

Could Cost Billions

NBC News reports that the new Alzheimer's disease drug from Biogen could cost Medicare in the US billions of dollars.

Not Quite Sent

The Biden Administration likely won't meet its goal of sending 80 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad by the end of the month, according to the Washington Post.

DTC Regulation Proposals

A new report calls on UK policymakers to review direct-to-consumer genetic testing regulations, the Independent reports.

PNAS Papers on Mosquito MicroRNAs, Acute Kidney Injury, Trichothiodystrophy

In PNAS this week: microRNAs involved in Aedes aegypti reproduction, proximal tubule cell response to kidney injury, and more.