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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 have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.