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Give Grants a Chance

The National Health Council aims to give "unfunded NIH applications the potential for a new lease on life" through, its portal for peer-reviewed proposals that scored just shy of their grant program paylines. "Researchers whose meritorious grant proposals were reviewed, but not funded, by the NIH are being invited to post their abstracts and contact information on the Web site," NHC says, such that private organizations can easily find, and opt to fund, promising projects that suit their specific interests. At the NIH Office of Extramural Research blog, Extramural Nexus, Deputy Director Sally Rockey says that site's launch is "good news on the where-am-I-going-to-get-my-grant-funded-in-today's-economy front." In the NHC statement, she adds that "by using this site, research institutions may find an easy way to seek alternative financial support, allowing more time to conduct important research to aid in the development of medical breakthroughs for patients." According to NHC, 42 patient advocacy organizations have already posted their information to the site. In the future, NHC expects that "the site will eventually expand to include other funding sources, including corporations and private investors." At the Extramural Nexus blog, Rockey says she is "looking forward to watching this idea roll out and evolve."

The Scan

Study Reveals New Details About Genetics of Major Cause of Female Infertility

Researchers in Nature Medicine conducted a whole-exome sequencing study of mote than a thousand patients with premature ovarian insufficiency.

Circulating Tumor DNA Shows Potential as Biomarker in Rare Childhood Cancer

A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has found that circulating tumor DNA levels in rhabdomyosarcoma may serve as a biomarker for prognosis.

Study Recommends Cancer Screening for Dogs Beginning Age Seven, Depending on Breed

PetDx researchers report in PLOS One that annual cancer screening for dogs should begin by age seven.

White-Tailed Deer Harbor SARS-CoV-2 Variants No Longer Infecting Humans, Study Finds

A new study in PNAS has found that white-tailed deer could act as a reservoir of SARS-CoV-2 variants no longer found among humans.