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Help NIH, Help the Country

At Science Progress, Andrew Plemmons Pratt argues that "an investment in NIH is an investment in the health, wealth, and security of the whole nation." He points out that about two dozen US governors have written a letter in support of NIH funding, saying that their states receive $19 billion in NIH funding and that, across the country, NIH funds support about 350,000 jobs. NIH's main contribution, though, is advances in health — and that leads to economic advances as well, Pratt says. One group, United for Medical Research, estimates that $1 of NIH investment leads to more than $2 in economic benefits and that about half of biotech companies are founded on ideas that stem from NIH-funded work, he adds.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.