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It Seems So Simple...

ScienceWoman has set down the steps involved in writing a research proposal, in anticipation of a class she teaches on experimental designs for which the students will be writing an NSF-style proposal. She follows the process from finding collaborators to defining your objectives to editing the text of your proposal. Along the way she also suggests reading lots of the literature and compiling preliminary data. "There you have it," she writes, "how to go from a conversation over coffee to a ready-to-submit collaborative research proposal in just eight easy steps - albeit steps best taken with lots of iteration."

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.