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Cutbacks at ACS

The American Chemical Society is cutting back, laying off 56 employees or three percent of its workforce. Most of the layoffs, 40, are in the society's Publications Division with nine of the Chemical and Engineering News staff and 10 of C&EN's Journal News & Community Department being let go. Brian Crawford, the publications director says the cuts are due to declining ad revenues for C&EN and cancellation of print subscriptions overall. The society will also be making reductions to operating expenses and retiree medical benefits.

The Scan

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.

Duke University Team Develops Programmable RNA Tool for Cell Editing

Researchers have developed an RNA-based editing tool that can target specific cells, as they describe in Nature.

Novel Gene Editing Approach for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in Science Advances report on their development of a non-nuclease-based gene editing approach they hope to apply to treat cystic fibrosis.

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.