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Maybe $10 Grants Are the Way to Go

A new children's book from NIH discusses the "trials and triumphs of NIH's youngest researchers," according to a press release. The name of the book, The Rocket Boys of NIH: How NIH Gives Health and Hope to Kids and the World, comes from a grant request the NIH received 52 years ago from 9-year-old Terence Boylan who wanted $10 to build a rocket ship with 14-year old Bruce Cook -- Boylan and Cook received their money. "Can you imagine what a thrill it was," Boylan says in a statement. "It made me think I could do anything." The book is aimed at fourth or fifth graders and can be requested in English or Spanish from CSR.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.