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Just Don't Call It 'Affirmative Action'

While many see Elias Zerhouni's attempt to make his support for new investigators permanent NIH policy a good thing, DrugMonkey doesn't think the issue of who-gets-what is so clear-cut. He says it's the inherent bias in peer review that needs to be changed, and that Band-Aid solutions like the so-called affirmative action favoring young or first-time grant applicants are masking the real problem. "How so? The use of the term 'affirmative action' tells us all we need to know. This brings in the GoodOldWhite(haired)Boyz dogwhistle to assert that New Investigators are rightfully receiving poorer scores and need an artificial leg up," the post says.

The Scan

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.