In response to the recent revelations that some high containment labs have mishandled, misplaced, or simply forgot about some deadly pathogen samples, the National Institutes of Health is urging pathogen research labs to tighten up their ships. That means cleaving to regulations, reviewing holdings, updating materials, reinforcing training, and similar measures. To lead by example and as an incentive, NIH has declared September National Biosafety Stewardship Month.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

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A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

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