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With some new initiatives, the US National Institutes of Health is attempting to address unexplained racial disparities in R01 grant funding, writes Richard Nakamura, the director of the NIH Center for Scientific Review, in a gust post at the Rock Talk blog.

"Since the problems and the solutions are bigger than NIH, we have reached out to the scientific community and other concerned citizens for help," Nakamura says.

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The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

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