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NIH Can Do Better

DrugMonkey answers questions that a blogger posted regarding underrepresented faculty and the NIH's policies on increasing funding for them. He says that underrepresentation of many ethnic minorities goes all up and down the academic ranks, not just at the PI level and suggests minorities check out the NIH program called Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. Basically, "if you hold one of the many research grant types and have a minority candidate in mind, you can get additional monies by asking," he says. Still, NIH isn't doing enough. "Monetary support is always helpful, make no mistake. But if the NIH wanted to get serious about this, there are better ways."


The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.