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A Little Bit for You, Some for You, and, Yes, You Too

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. According to Science Insider, acting director Raynard Kington says that "that NIH would be 'embarrassed' if institutions did not spend the money or boost their local economies."

The Scan

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.

Survey Sees Genetic Literacy on the Rise, Though Further Education Needed

Survey participants appear to have higher genetic familiarity, knowledge, and skills compared to 2013, though 'room for improvement' remains, an AJHG paper finds.

Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

Researchers compare mismatch repair, microsatellite instability, and tumor mutation burden patterns in synchronous multiple- or single primary colorectal cancers.

FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.