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The Great Funding Shift

Drawing on Eric Drexler's post at Metamodern, Sheril Kirshenbaum looks at the age distribution of investigators receiving NIH grants. Drexler points out that young scientists have had an increasingly difficult time receiving funding and that "our iconic images of great scientists distort perceptions of age and accomplishment." Kirshenbaum adds that the funding shift toward older scientists may be due to past hiring trends and the move toward not naming postdocs as PIs on grants. "We must remember that many complex factors are at play influencing the initial graph," she says. "The real question to consider is whether such grants [from NIH supporting postdocs] are adequately funding early tenure track professors."

The Scan

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.

Duke University Team Develops Programmable RNA Tool for Cell Editing

Researchers have developed an RNA-based editing tool that can target specific cells, as they describe in Nature.

Novel Gene Editing Approach for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in Science Advances report on their development of a non-nuclease-based gene editing approach they hope to apply to treat cystic fibrosis.

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.