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In a report addressed to the US National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director, an NIH working group says that the agency needs to take steps to combat racial bias in the funding of research grants, reports Science's Michael Price. The group says its goal is to correct what it calls the "disturbing discrepancy" between the number of black applicants winning R01 awards compared to white applicants.

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Researchers describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

In Science this week: genetic mutations typically associated with esophageal cancer are common in older, healthy individuals, and more.

India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

A new study links more than a hundred genes to autism spectrum disorder, Discover's D-brief blog reports.