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The Fiasco that Keeps Unfolding

Even GTO is sick of this story. Wired reports that California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the stem cell agency, just had to disqualify 10 research groups that it had previously awarded grants. The groups were charged with conflict of interest problems because "officials at the research institutions applying for multimillion-dollar grants also hold positions at CIRM," the article says.

The groups hailed from the University of California's San Francisco, LA, and San Diego campuses, in addition to the University of Southern California and the Burnham Institute. According to the story, "In California, some newspapers are editorializing for an overhaul in the structure of CIRM, whose board of directors is riddled with built-in conflicts of interest."

 

The Scan

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Test Warning

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Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.