At the Bayblab blog, they wonder just how much grant money is spent on applied research and how much on, well, overpriced equipment and missed targets. Canada's National Post printed a story about a scientist who was forced to re-pay grant money that he spent on personal gadgets.

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The New York Times and ProPublica say that many physicians fail to disclose their financial ties when publishing in medical journals.

The Wall Street Journal reports Human Longevity's valuation has dropped by 80 percent.

Science reports that the US National Cancer Institute is cutting its operating budget by 5 percent.

In PLOS this week: similar variants seen in bullbogs, people with Robinow syndrome; ApoE genotypes in African-American, Puerto Rican populations; and more.