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FOIA and the Grant Proposals

Over the weekend, a reader wrote into DrugMonkey and PhysioProf's blog about having received a Freedom of Information Act request from an anonymous physician at another research university for a recently-funded grant. The reader writes that the grant includes unpublished data and the lab's research plan and that after trying to work out a confidentiality agreement with the petitioner, the reader's university hired a lawyer. "Imagine being forced to share your unpublished data and research plan with an anonymous colleague when you wrote the grant with the understanding it would stay confidential!" the reader writes. Commenters to the blog wonder if any aspects of the grant would be able to be redacted to protect trade secrets or the unpublished data.

Toward the bottom of the comments, the original reader updates the post to say that the request was rescinded, though the discussion carries on.

The Scan

Study Links Genetic Risk for ADHD With Alzheimer's Disease

A higher polygenic risk score for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is also linked to cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, a new study in Molecular Psychiatry finds.

Study Offers Insights Into Role of Structural Variants in Cancer

A new study in Nature using cell lines shows that structural variants can enable oncogene activation.

Computer Model Uses Genetics, Health Data to Predict Mental Disorders

A new model in JAMA Psychiatry finds combining genetic and health record data can predict a mental disorder diagnosis before one is made clinically.

Study Tracks Off-Target Gene Edits Linked to Epigenetic Features

Using machine learning, researchers characterize in BMC Genomics the potential off-target effects of 19 computed or experimentally determined epigenetic features during CRISPR-Cas9 editing.