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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

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.

Study Highlights Pitfall of Large Gene Panels in Clinical Genomic Analysis

An analysis in Genetics in Medicine finds that as gene panels get larger, there is an increased chance of uncovering benign candidate variants.

Single-Cell Atlas of Drosophila Embryogenesis

A new paper in Science presents a single-cell atlas of fruit fly embryonic development over time.

Phage Cocktail Holds Promise for IBD

Researchers uncovered a combination phage therapy that targets Klebsiella pneumonia strains among individuals experiencing inflammatory bowel disease flare ups, as they report in Cell.