With its $8.2 billion from the stimulus package nearly in hand, the NIH says the money will mainly fund grant applications they have already received and will supplement existing grants. A smaller portion of the pie will go to funding new "challenge grants" that would award $500,000 a year for two years and be subject to stringent reporting requirements.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

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