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Less Paper, More Waiting

An unintended consequence of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 is slowing down public health research, says an article at Science Progress. The Act intended "to reduce the burden to citizens associated with government data collections" but added an extra layer of Office of Management and Budget review to studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This then, slows down the pace of research. The authors say there is a simple solution: an exemption for the CDC, similar to the ones that the NIH and the Veterans Administration received, in the next re-authorization of the bill.

The Scan

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.