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In This Economy, $100K Looks Awfully Good

The Wall Street Journal reports that during the next five years the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will give $100,000 to more than 100 scientists around the world "for research into areas that include how to prevent or cure HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis." This $100 million, issued through the foundation's new Grand Challenges Explorations, is part of an experiment to give out smaller grants to a larger number of scientists and hope that some of the high-risk research pays off. "The foundation culled the 104 grantees in the program from 4,000 applicants that filled out a two-page application over the Internet," the article says. "It encouraged experimenters to propose offbeat or novel approaches to problems."

 

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.